Mercury Rising

Not only is High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) not good for us – despite how the corn refining companies dress it up, it’s still empty calories that we can do without – it’s found that up to 50% of it contains mercury.

Still, there is perhaps some light at the end of the tunnel. Last month 140 nations got together to develop an international treaty to phase out as much mercury use as possible. Not only that, but the U.S. was one of the leaders in pushing for this internationally binding legislation.

On the domestic front congress could help this by phasing out the use of mercury cell technology in domestic chlorine plants.

The U.S FDA should test HFCS for mercury content AND make those findings public.

We can all help, by cutting down on consumption of products containing HFCS.

Cool Meats

Do you know where the food you eat comes from?

Soon, Americans who would like to buy American food should be able to see country of origin labeling (COOL) on some products.


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There was some legislation passed in the 2002 Farm Bill, but it’s not been implemented, as it was found that mandatory food labels are unlikely to increase food demand and likely will generate more costs than benefits, according to research at the USDA Economic Research Service.

Now, Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, has made this mandatory on some foods, including meat products that have been processed, such as cooked meats.

Some products are still exempt, such as food produced in a restaurant, and TV dinners for example. Still if you’re worried about the contents of your restaurant meal you can always ask them about it, and if they can’t or won’t supply product details, you can always vote with your feet.

As for TV dinners, you don’t eat those do you?