Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Don't Mess With Mother Nature...!

It seems that by now, men would have learned not to screw around with Nature's design for things. Guess not!

Many of our so called "improvements" just turn out to be terrible, to say the least! The reason I bring this up now is that gardening season is right around the corner. Watch out when buying the seeds, ya know? Hey...just saying!

Seed Grain
Methyl Mercury

One of the largest public health crises and mass food poisoning events occurred in 1971 when seed grain, meant to be planted and used as seeds, was instead used as food. The seed grain had been treated with a fungicide, highly toxic methyl mercury.

The seed grain was shipped to Iraq late in the growing season of 1971 from suppliers in Mexico and the USA. The mercury-treated seed was dyed red as a warming not to eat it, but the Iraqi’s did not know this. In addition, the red dye would wash off, but not the mercury. The bags containing the seeds were labeled in Spanish and English the rural inhabitants of Iraq could not read. The Iraqi’s either did not understand or chose to ignore the skull and crossbones warnings on the bags. The confusion led some to believe it was food, and not seed.

Those who ate the seed suffered muscle paralysis, numbness, loss of vision, and other symptoms typical of mercury poisoning. People were exposed to the mercury when they used the seed in making bread, when they ground the seed and breathed in the dust, and when they fed the seed to animals and then ate the animals. People began to fall ill and die in late 1971 and into 1972. All total it is estimated that at least 650 died from eating or being exposed to the mercury-contaminated seed, but some believe the true number could be ten times that. An estimated 10,000 people suffered permanent brain damage from the mercury.

Guess we can be thankful that the grain wasn't released here in the states, right? I mean, this could never happen here, what with all the testing and government controls. I do have to wonder why this report sounds like all the folks handling this grain and ignoring the "skull and crossbones" were so stupid! Had to be all their fault, right?

That is some scary stuff there, folks! Scary stuff!

Coffee out on the patio this morning. I'm thinking homemade rolls for a snack are in order!


Phyllis (N/W Jersey) said...

Just plain scary what those chemical companies produce and sell. Never heard of this story - wonder how many we DON"T know about.
Had a snowstorm last night,so coffee on the patio sounds wonderful. Can't wait for those delicious homemade rolls!

linda m said...

It really makes you wonder that people could be that stupid and send the grain over there like that. If Iraq sent us grain with the label in Farsi would we be able to know it was poison? Could it be the "mistake" was intentional? Another government coverup I think! Very scary stuff is right - what else can "they" do without telling us or properly informing us? Coffee outside sounds good- save me a spot on the swing.

Dizzy-Dick said...

What is really scary is what they are selling to the American people as food now a days.

JO said...

It isn't just food or planting seeds. How about those new swirly light bulbs? They contain mercury also maybe not a lot but after hundres of thousands of those thing are thrown into the land fill they what? I read where you should take them to some special place. And how many will do that?

I'll join in on the patio for those home rolls I'll bring the fresh ground coffee.

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
That's the important question, isn't it?

Many things we will never find out about!

Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Linda...
It does almost sound intentional, doesn't it?

Man can sure be cruel to his fellow man at times!

Consider your spot on the swing safe!

Thanks for swinging by today!

Hey Dizzy...
Boy, you are sure right about that, buddy!

Many thanks for coming over this morning!

Hey Jo...
Seems like sometimes these "improvements" turn out to be worse for us than we know.

I sure appreciate you coming over, sweetie!

Sixbears said...

Kinda scary that it's normal to plant poison coated seeds in the ground.

HermitJim said...

Hey Sixbears...
That's kinda what I was thinking also!

I don't know if all seeds are sprayed or treated, but it does give one cause to wonder!

Thanks for coming over today!