BAYER BEHIND BPA STUDY THAT PRESERVES THEIR PROFITS BY PROLONGING YOUR RISKS
Global Revolution 1: American Revolution 2: Day 72: Communication 1
IronBoltBruce's Kleptocracy Chronicles for 27 Nov 2011 (g1a2d0072c1)
How many examples of greed and corruption must you see before you act?
Bayer Group (Bayer AG) is a German holding company that ranks #147 on the Forbes Global 2000 and #1 on the Toxic 100 Air Polluters list:
With more than 111,000 employees and over $47 billion in annual revenues, the company's (dirty) business operations are organized into three subgroups: HealthCare, CropScience and MaterialScience, supported by the service companies Bayer Business Services, Bayer Technology Services and Currenta. Bayer HealthCare is involved in the research, development and manufacture of health products for "people and animals". Bayer CropScience is engaged in crop protection and "non-agricultural" pest control. Bayer MaterialScience supplies polymers for a wide range of applications. Bayer AG operates through numerous subsidiaries, affiliates and joint ventures located in Europe, Latin America, Africa, Middle East, North America as well as the Asia/Pacific region, e.g. Bayer Chemicals AG in Germany, Cotton Growers Services Pty. Limited in Australia and Polygal 1998 Ltd. in Israel, among others.
Notably missing from this list is Bisphenol-A, or "BPA", of which Bayer is the world's largest producer. In the U.S., the only 5 companies producing it are Bayer, Dow, Momentive Specialty Chemicals (formerly Hexion), SABIC Innovative Plastics (formerly GE Plastics), and Sunoco, "collectively bringing in $6 billion a year in revenue from BPA alone."
And just what is BPA? Some sources define it as an "organic compound", while others say it is "made from petroleum". And guess what? They're both correct! Just like Con-Agra can legally label genetically-modified foods as "All Natural" – in the United States at least – it is acceptable in many circles to refer to petroleum as "organic". That should make it easy for Big Oil to "Go Green", since it's all just a matter of packaging:
And in the U.S. food and beverage industry, that's just how Bisphenol-A is used. BPA, an estrogen-mimicking chemical, is used to make plastic containers like baby bottles and to line food and drink cans. Thousands of BPA studies have been conducted over the years, and many of them have linked the chemical to breast cancer, early puberty, infertility, obesity and a whole host of other health problems. That was enough for the Canadian government to declare Bisphenol-A to be a toxic substance last year:
That has not been enough, however, for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration or our food and beverage companies to follow suit. One reason is that some "scientific" studies of the effects of BPA exposure and consumption by people and animals have reported different results. Studies like this recent one, which concluded that "…the available evidence indicates that BPA exposure represents no noteworthy risk to the health of the human population, including newborns and babies":
And what other conclusion would one expect from such a study, when BPA producers like Bayer AG were behind it? As CaliforniaWatch.org disclosed:
"Four authors of a new report concluding that bisphenol A is safe have ties to companies and groups that benefit from the controversial chemical. Two of the researchers – Hermann Schweinfurth and Wolfgang Volkel – reported their affiliations in the report's 'declaration of interest.' Two others – Werner Lilienblum and Peter-Jurgen Kramer – have professional websites linking them to the chemical industry… Schweinfurth acknowledged in his declaration that he works for Bayer Schering Pharma AG, the largest producer of bisphenol A, or BPA, in Europe. Volkel reported receiving funding from the international industry group BPA Global in the past. Lilienblum runs a 'consultancy for the industry.' And Kramer describes himself as a 'leading toxicologist in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry' who is currently 'developing and shaping' toxicology in Germany and throughout Europe."
Using the tainted conclusions of Bayer-sponsored "research" like this as an excuse, profit-before-people corporations like Coca-Cola continue lining their cans with a toxic chemical that they claim to be safe while at the same time assuring the public that they are actively pursuing alternatives. The obvious inconsistency should give you pause. After all, if BPA is as safe as they say, then why are they looking for alternatives?
BPA is not the first product Bayer continued to push on the public long after they knew it was a health hazard:
"A division of the pharmaceutical company Bayer sold millions of dollars of blood-clotting medicine for hemophiliacs – medicine that carried a high risk of transmitting AIDS – to Asia and Latin America in the mid-1980's while selling a new, safer product in the West, according to documents obtained by The New York Times."
Actually, Bayer AG has a long history of knowingly selling chemicals that kill people. During World War II, for example, the company was "…part of IG Farben, a conglomerate of German chemical industries that formed a part of the financial core of the German Nazi regime. IG Farben owned 42.5% of the company that manufactured Zyklon B, a chemical used in the gas chambers of Auschwitz and other extermination camps."
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DEMONSTRATE, DONATE OR DISTRIBUTE, BUT PLEASE, DO SOMETHING!
If you can Demonstrate, please report to the Occupy location you choose:
SHOW ME WHAT KLEPTOCRACY LOOKS LIKE! THIS IS WHAT KLEPTOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!
Kleptocracy [klep-TOK-ruh-see]: A government or state in which those in power exploit national resources and steal; rule by a thief or thieves. See also the United States of America where, as Goethe said, "None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." Want documented examples of the corporate greed that corrupts our government and fuels the Revolution? Find dozens here, with more to come:
IT IS NO COINCIDENCE THAT OF THE LAST 14 U.S. PRESIDENTS, 7 HAVE BEEN DEMOCRATS AND 7 HAVE BEEN REPUBLICANS.
Our Kleptocracy-controlled media focuses on America's two-year election cycles as if who wins or loses in the swinging of the pendulum was a matter of life or death, when in fact even at the Presidential level it makes no more difference than the outcomes of Monday Night Football, American Idol, Dancing With The Stars, Hillbilly Handfishing or the trial of Michael Jackson's doctor. U.S. elections are staged primarily to give Sheeple the illusion of control so they will (a) vent their frustrations and expend their energy, emotions and resources supporting or attacking the Puppet on the Left hand or the Puppet on the Right, and consequently (b) never recognize and challenge the common omnipotent Puppetmaster.
There was no real change in 2008. There was no real change in 2010. There WILL be real change in 2012, but it won't be coming from tele-brainwashed couch potatoes, manipulated voter lists, rigged voting machines or predetermined ballot counts. It will be coming from us…
I am not just a Consumer. I am a Citizen. I will no longer be labeled Left or Right, Liberal or Conservative, Demopublican or Republocrat, and I will no longer follow the bought and paid for political Puppets who exploit those labels. I am the People, and I am coming for the Puppetmasters. I am part of the 99 Percent, and here are my demands:
1. End the Fed.
2. Reverse Citizens United.
3. Repeal PATRIOT Act.
4. Expose 9/11 Truth.
5. End Profit Wars.
6. Refund Taxpayer Trillions.
7. Imprison the Kleptocrats.
8. Single Term Limits.