Tuesday Morning Muse

Currently (on Tue 5:53AM CST from Pearland Regional Airport)

Mist Temp: 66°
Dewpoint: 66°
Wind: S 9 MPH

This is what greated me this morning when I woke up. According to the forcast it’s going to stay like this all day long and then start heading down overnight. The highs tomorrow should be 20° cooler. Needless to say, the door is open in the kitchen as I  sit here reading my email, tweets and feeds…The grandson should be joining me shortly when his mom heads off to school.


As if we needed another reason to think industrial agriculture was out to kill us all…

Now comes news that makes even an HFCS cynic like me do a spit-take over my home-brewed morning coffee. Turns out that HFCS is commonly tainted with mercury — a highly toxic substance — according to a peer-reviewed report published by Environmental Health (abstract here; PDF of the must-read full text here.)

The Environmental Health study draws on samples of high-fructose corn syrup taken straight from the factory. But no one drinks the stuff straight. What about, say, cookies sweetened with HFCS? The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy plucked HFCS-containing products from supermarket shelves and tested them for mercury. The result?

Overall, we found detectable mercury in 17 of 55 samples, or around 31 percent



It’s now feeding time…I’ll catch up with y’all later…

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