Sunday, May 19, 2013

Moyers: Public Health Historians Take Chemical Companies to Task over Lead Poisoning

I've just spent two days at a health technology conference in Mountain View where everyone wants to reform American's lifestyles by giving them Fitbits or BodyMedia or other wearable devices. Sadly they're not focused on environmental least not yet. (I'm fantasizing a hackathon on pesticide apps).

They think genetics is still The Next Big Thing along with Big Data which is totally taking over the town.

And yet - there's a glimmer of hope for more awareness of the toxic soup we've created. Today's latest show from Bill Moyers provides some hopeful evidence of people publicizing one major chemical that government has been totally unable to deal with, due to the strong role of chemical company lobbying - lead. This, despite years of efforts by public health officials.

The story illustrates how government fails to combat chemical companies even when the dangers are obvious.

Could this growing awareness - the new film Unacceptable Levels, this show on Moyers - be good news for organic growers who've long provided a healthy alternative to chemical farming's toxic soup?


And in case you missed it, here's a print story about this feature.

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