True Cost: Cost of food-borne illnesses is deemed much higher than earlier estimates

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Among the food scares in recent years was a deadly E. coli outbreak tied to spinach. In most cases, it’s unknown how or why people get ill from what they eat. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images / September 15, 2006)

Phi Beta Iota: The second sentence is ignorant.  It is well-known that between industrial farming with zero regard for either the spill-over of animal shit into fields growing fruits and vegatables, combined with an exotic array of antibiotics for the animals (living in ghetto conditions) and pesticides for the plants, most of which have NOT been tested and are NOT regulated because of multiple legal loopholes, most of what we eat is mostly comprised of oil and corn and neither safe nor nutritious.  Corporate irresponsibility survives because government complacency has been purchased.  This is a superb example of “true cost” economics that will hit the marketplace like a tsunami in the next five years.  When man-made illnesses are combined with over-kill on man-made antibiotics, we end up with untreatable bacterial and other diseases, all of this forecast in the strongest possible terms in the past 20 years.

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INTELLIGENCE for EARTH: Clarity, Diversity, Integrity, & Sustainability

The below book selections are pulled from Chapter 20 on 21st Century Counterintelligence:  Evaluating the Health of the Nation.  The fragementation of knowledge, and the ignorance of the media, the government, and the academy are now profoundly pathological.

Dereliction of Duty (Health)

Review DVD: Pandemic

Review: Betrayal of Trust–The Collapse of Global Public Health

Review: Pathologies of Power–Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor (Hardcover)

Review: Who Killed Health Care?–America’s $2 Trillion Medical Problem – and the Consumer-Driven Cure

Disease

Review: The Health of Nations–Infectious Disease, Environmental Change, and Their Effects on National Security and Development

Environmental Degradation (Other than Emissions)

Review: Acts of God–The Unnatural History of Natural Disaster in America

Review: Catastrophe–An Investigation into the Origins of Modern Civilization

Review: Environment, Scarcity, and Violence

Review: Floods, Famines, And Emperors–El Nino And The Fate Of Civilizations

Review: Nature’s Extremes–Inside the Great Natural Disasters That Shape Life on Earth (Time Magazine Hardcover)

Review: Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum–How Humans Took Control of Climate (Hardcover)

Review: The Biodiversity Crisis–Losing What Counts

Review: The Vanishing of a Species? A Look at Modern Man’s Predicament by a Geologist (Hardcover)

Nature

Review: Catastrophe–An Investigation into the Origins of Modern Civilization

Review: The Weather Makers –How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth (Hardcover)

Review: The Winds of Change–Climate, Weather, and the Destruction of Civilizations (Hardcover)

Poisons, Toxicity, Trash, & True Cost

Review: A Consumer’s Dictionary of Household, Yard and Office Chemicals: Complete Information About Harmful and Desirable Chemicals Found in Everyday Home Products, Yard Poisons, and Office Polluters

Review: High Tech Trash–Digital Devices, Hidden Toxics, and Human Health

Review: Made to Break–Technology and Obsolescence in America

Review: Pandora’s Poison–Chlorine, Health, and a New Environmental Strategy (Paperback)

Review: The Blue Death–Disease, Disaster, and the Water We Drink

Review: The Omnivore’s Dilemma–A Natural History of Four Meals

Review: The True Cost of Low Prices–The Violence of Globalization

Review: Toxin (Fiction)

Review: Wal-Mart–The High Cost of Low Price (2005)