On 23-Aug-99, Gary Lange wrote:
>I was wondering if Hugo had any positive proof that product with Ethoxyquin
>causes tumors and deformaties. Let's quote a scientific paper here and not
I'm still researching for my article, but it seems that there is no conclusive
scientific study that proves Ethoxyquin is dangerous - or safe for animals.
The use is at least questionable. It is illegal in the EEC to use it in
provision for human consumption.
>some Drudge report though. There was some "hysteria" on the web a few
>years ago about this product but no one could really come up with the
>research to actually show that this occurred, just some person taking shots
>at the companies that used the product. This sort of thing has occured
>quite often with "web lore" and I think it also happened with this product.
>I think a recent example is that product that takes "doggy smells" out of
>couch, Fabri. People started sending messages all over as chain letters,
>telling them that it would kill their pets. Absolutely no truth in the
>matter. Ethoxyquin and Monsanto, as far as I know though Monsanto was not
>marketing it for a preservative in foods, just for rubber tires. I checked
>informally a few years ago when the first hysteria went out.
That's right, a rubber preservative. I don't know if they marketed it as
a food preservative but that makes no difference, since it's used as one.
>And as far as "famous for" genetically modified organisms - It's difficult
>to sit down and type out a quick email to talk about all of the experiments
>and safeguards that are in place regarding these products. There is
>probably more work done to prove safety than the actual experiment to
>introduce the improvement into the organism. Many of these improvements
>will mean that tons and tons of insecticides will no longer be used on many
>crops, much of which gets into our water supply. Those products cause much
>more harm in the long run to the consumer and the environment. I think that
>if you sit down and do some serious reading on the matter you will find the
>benefits to society far outweigh any perceived risks.
I have read about it but I don't think that you are aware of the dangers of
genetically modified crops, let me just say that there are better alternatives
than insecticides OR genetically altered crops.