eating mercury

Dennis Olson just sent me this report about mercury in the already maligned high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).Thanks a lot, Dennis.

When this can happen and salmonella-tainted peanut butter is sold on supermarket shelves nation-wide, it does seem to indict the centralized, corporate-driven food system we have created.

How often are you ingesting mercury?

Around 50% of the time you eat anything with high fructose corn syrup in it!
At least that is the frequency mercury was found in the samples taken in a study published today in the scientific journal, Environmental Health.

A separate study was done by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), where my former friend Dennis works (just kidding Dennis, but I did take you out of my will), which detected mercury in nearly one-third of 55 popular brand name food and beverage products where HFCS is the first or second highest labeled ingredient. Among them were products by Quaker, Hershey’s, Kraft and Smucker’s.

We North Americans consume a heck of a lot of HFCS. On average, Americans consume about 12 teaspoons per day of HFCS. Consumption by teenagers and other high consumers can be up to 80 percent above average levels.

What do you think we should do about this?