Would you like some phthalates with those fries?, The new Frankenfungi, Sat fat thinking proven wrong, GM cotton of inferior quality, Multi drug-resistant bacteria the norm and Is the world saturated with GMO’s?
Would you like some phthalates with those fries?
According to a new analysis of data from US federal nutrition surveys, people who have eaten fast food in the last 24 hours are shown to have elevated levels of industrial chemicals in their body, Bloomberg reports. Levels of phthalates, a chemical used to make plastic more durable, were found to increase, which can pose a serious risk to health. Phthalates can interfere with the endocrine system and be very difficult for the body to excrete.
“Researchers have reopened archived data sets investigating the relationship between vegetable oils, lower cholesterol levels and heart risk”. The theory was that unsaturated fats lead to lower cholesterol and as a result lower the risk of heart disease. However, nothing in nature is rarely as straightforward and unfortunately this hypothesis has tarred many beneficial fats with a tainted brush. The study, conducted 45 years ago, compares data gathered from two groups of people. One group included only unsaturated fats in their diet and the other only saturated fats. It was found that members of the unsaturated fats group did have the greatest reduction in blood cholesterol, but were actually at the highest risk of death.
GM cotton of inferior quality
International Cotton in Burkina Faso, Africa, has terminated its contract with Monsanto after noticing that genetically modified cotton was of inferior quality. The group is currently evaluating the amount of compensation it will claim, due to the losses incurred by the disappointing yields and poor quality cotton fibre.
Multi drug-resistant bacteria the norm
A new study carried out by Michigan State University has found that antibiotic resistance is increasing, intensified by animal feeding operations using continuous amounts of antibiotics for growth promotion and disease prevention. The research shows that in some cases, such as large swine farms, “multi drug-resistant bacteria are likely the norm rather than the exception”.