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The price we pay

8 Dec

Would you eat this?

I’ve found over the past four years that the following: blog surfing, facebooking, and game playing, increase exponentially during finals week. Counterintuitive, yes, but it’s the truth. In my defense, it prevents me from going crazy.

But sometimes my lack of focus and increased procrastination result in something useful. In this case, something for the blog!

This week California approved the use of methyl iodide as a pesticide in farming despite findings that the chemical is more toxic and harmful than its predecessor, methyl bromide, which was banned years ago:

“It is my personal opinion that this decision will result in serious harm to California citizens, and most especially to children,” wrote panel member Theodore Slotkin, a professor of pharmacology and cancer biology at Duke University.

I’m not comfortable with this at all. There’s already enough carcinogenic crap (excuse my language) in our lives, why add another to the mix?

Is it time to move again? Let’s hope not.