Thursday, January 22, 2009

Food Chain

Lewis Regenstein, in "How to Survive in America the Poisoned," (1986, nominated for a Pulitzer Prize):
"Meat contains approximately 14 times more pesticides than do plant foods; dairy products 5.5 times more. Thus, by eating foods of animal origin, one ingests greatly concentrated amounts of hazardous chemicals."
Brought to you by bioaccumulation: "the additive accumulation of substances in the tissues of organisms in food chains (e.g. accumulation of mercury in fish, then in raccoons that eat many fish, then in panthers that eat many raccoons)."1
1 New Mexico Envirothon
Painting: "The Food Chain" from Robert Kennedy

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