Heptachlor epoxide, the dangerous organochlorine pesticide, found in milk supply in Hawaii during the early 90s has made its way to the state's crops.
A new study found traces of heptachlor epoxide in Hawaiian pineapples. According to Lorrin Pang, MD, a public health specialist in Maui, and a consultant to the World Health Organization GMO pesticides are safe.
However, lobbyists believe government agencies are ignoring the dangers of pesticides to favor industrial and agricultural chemical companies.
The Parkinson’s Pesticide Link
A recent study conducted by Shiga University of Medical Science in Otsu, Japan, utilized data from an earlier long term study known as the Honolulu Asian Aging Study. The Shiga study analyzed results of 449 Japanese-American men living in Hawaii who had taken part in a larger aging study while in midlife.
The study subjects gave details of how much milk they drank as part of a larger survey, and they donated their brains for study after they died.
Residues of heptachlor epoxide, an organochlorine pesticide found at excessively high levels in the milk supply in Hawaii in the early 1980s were found in the brains of 90% of midlife heavy milk consumers.
Evidently dairy cows were being fed grains or even hay from fields sprayed with heptchlor epoxide. Brain degeneration was noticeable among both Parkinson’s Disease (PD) victims and those not afflicted with PD.
Heptachlor epoxide was eventually banned, but before it was banned it had also been used in Hawaiian pineapple plantations using conventional (non-organic) means. Now Hawaii is big on GMO pineapples, papaya, and corn.
And the best efforts of educated citizens in Maui to stop open field testing of pesticides that have dotted too much of Hawaii’s pristine fertile countryside has been thwarted by Monsanto’s intervention in the state’s court system.
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