From Feb. 1998 Better Nutrition magazine:
A 1975 clinical study in India, which appeared in the American
Journal of Clinical Nutrition, looked at 15 malnourished children
who were fed either irradiated or non-irradiated food. Eighty
percent of the children fed irradiated food developed a pre-cancerous
chromosomal disorder called polyploidy. A more recent study on
70 students in China (Chinese Medical Journal, 1987) also showed
an increased rate of chromosomal abnormalities.
In addition, the 'unique radiolytic products" (URP's), or
toxins, produced through irradiation include: known carcinogens
such as formaldehyde (used in embalming) and naphthalene (used
in moth repellents), and others. If this were not enough, essential
vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids are also destroyed
at varying levels.
And what about long-term effects? With carcinogens like formaldehyde,
"It will take 30 years before you see increases in neoplasias--leukemias
and lymphomas," warned George Tritsch, Ph.D., retired researcher
from the Roswell Park Memorial Institute and the New York State
Department of Health.
Whether it's Olestra yesterday, or irradiated food today, the
FDA is sending a message to consumers that the public is not trusted
to exercise personal responsibility or to observe the most basic
food- preparation hygiene practices, respectively. More ominously,
food processors will see this as the green light to continue to
run filthy plants, to ignore sanitary food-preparation regulations,
and to use THEIR record of tragic poisonings and fatalities to
force widespread irradiation on us. ...
So what will irradiation accomplish? 1) It will offer short-term
litigation "protection" to food-processors, and will
help them win huge food-chain contracts; 2) It will make irradiation
companies very happy; and 3) It will fulfill the U.S. Department
of Energy's (DOE) stated goal , through its Byproducts Utilization
Program, to unload its stockpile of radioactive cesium 137 in
order to drive Canadian cobalt 60 out of the market.
"Irradiation of food is not a story of protection of
the American public," said Gary Gibbs, D.O., in his prophetic
1993 book, The Food That Would Last Forever: Understanding the
Dangers of Food Irradiation (Avery Publishing, phone: 1-800-548-5757).
"Rather it is a story of money, politics, and the embalming
of the American diet. Food irradiation is a toxic time bomb.