Many times over the last few months I have wondered what on an earth is happening to this country. The following story made me gasp. Whether you are interested in "moral values" or "human rights" I think you will be disgusted to learn that the EPA (pesticide division again - the same people who would allow 900 ppm fluoride in powdered eggs to faciliate DOW's use of sulfuryl fluoride as a fumigant on food)) is proposing rules for testing human beings which would allow testing of chemicals on "mentally handicapped" and "orphaned new borns" as well as children who have been "neglected or abused" and "children outside the US" (do we fly them out to countries which don't have our "tough" regulations?).
This information is contained inORGANIC BYTES, the bi-weekly newsletter of the Organic Consumers' Asscociation.
The comment period for these proposals ends December 12. Normally I ask people to write, I think in this situation we are entitled to SCREAM!
Please go to the Organic Consumers Association site to get the full details. Below I have presented only a small segment of what they have - because I didn't want these shocking details to be lost amidst all the documentation - but that is there - and so is what you can do about it.
Paul Connett __________________________________________________________
ORGANIC BYTES #69
11/16/2005 ALERT: EPA TO ALLOW PESTICIDE TESTING ON ORPHANS & MENTALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN Public comments are now being accepted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its newly proposed federal regulation regarding the testing of chemicals and pesticides on human subjects. Earlier this year, Congress had mandated the EPA create a rule that permanently bans chemical testing on pregnant women and children, but the EPA's newly proposed rule puts industry profits ahead of children's welfare. The rule allows for government and industry scientists to treat children as human guinea pigs in chemical experiments in the following situations:
1.Children who "cannot be reasonably consulted," such as those that are mentally handicapped or orphaned newborns may be tested on. With permission from the institution or guardian in charge of the individual, the child may be exposed to chemicals for the sake of research. 2.Parental consent forms are not necessary for testing on children who have been neglected or abused. 3.Chemical studies on any children outside of the U.S. are acceptable.