Animal Writes
From 12 January 2003 Issue

Hysterical Propaganda From Irresponsible Environmentalists
By Robert Cohen - [email protected] 

A few years ago, I purchased the 50-year collection of Hoard's Dairyman magazine, the National Dairy Farm Magazine, from a retired Rhode Island dairyman.

The February 25, 1972 issue contained an article extolling the virtues of DDT and similar chemicals, attacking the true enemy of the dairy industry, "environmentalists." Hoard's wrote:

"The current vicious, hysterical propaganda campaign against the use of agricultural chemicals, being promoted today by fear-provoking, irresponsible environmentalists has its genesis in the best selling, half-science-half-fiction 'Silent Spring' that was published in 1962."

Thirty-one years ago, Hoard's claimed:

"No chemical has done as much as DDT to improve the health, economic, and social benefits of the people of developing nations."

Hoard's warned:

"But DDT would be only the first of the dominoes. As soon as DDT is successfully banned, there will be a push for the banning of all chlorinated hydrocarbons; then, in order, the organic phosphates and carbamate insecticides. Once the task is finished on insecticides, they will attack the weed killers and eventually the fungicides."

The higher up one eats on the food chain, the more one consumes concentrated toxins from flesh and body fluids of animals. Eat one portion of broccoli or lettuce and you'll ingest one dose of pesticides and dioxins. After all, these chemicals are in the environment. Ingest body fluids from animals who eat thousands of doses, and you deliver these same concentrated residues of poisons to your own body.

Sixteen years after this Hoard's article appeared, an FDA survey of milk samples from grocery stores in 10 cities found that 73% of the samples contained pesticide residues. (Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 1991; 47).

Hoard's asked, "What's next?" In 1972, chlorinated hydrocarbons were considered to be as healthy as mom's apple pie and a glass of milk.

In January of 1998, the Journal of Animal Science, (Jan, 76:1) reported:

"The majority of toxic dioxin is and has been derived from industrial chlorination processes, incineration of municipal waste, and production of certain herbicides. The lipophilic nature of dioxins results in higher concentrations in the fat of animal and fish products, and their excretion via milk secretion in dairy cattle may result in relatively high concentrations of dioxin contamination in high-fat dairy products."

Let us all give thanks to the "hysterical propaganda campaign" of "irresponsible environmentalists."

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