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Greg Harrison

President & CEO, Harrisons Bird Foods

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Obesity, chemical and biological not just consumption and lack of exercise?

Obesity is rampant in 6-month-old kids, every animal in touch with human cities including rats, zoo etc. How can a six month old be morbidly obese unless a strong endocrine disruption is occurring? Chemicals in agriculture are certainly suspect as are new viruses. But why would it be a virus unless the immune system is unbalanced?

People over ate decades ago and no one saw a 400-1000 pound person except in a circus.


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    May 30 2012: We have hit a dead end on this subject. Are people just too complacent about industry fixing the system? Has anyone heard of Theo Coburn and estrogenic chemicals? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theo_Colborn) and this www.endocrinedisruption.org/home.php) Hello any TED people reading this?

    How weird is it she has a TEDX site? Second link above.

    In EU a chemical has to be proven safe, in the USA they have to be proven harmful (a negative).

    This comment today from MED Scape is so poignant,"Can You Prove a Negative? Nope.
    Mark Crislip, MD, Infectious Diseases, 12:38AM Jun 20, 2010

    It is probably easier to prove a diagnosis than to disprove one. After enough data is in you can say with certainly that, for example, the patient has endocarditis: the right symptoms, positive blood cultures, big vegetation on a valve. Piece of cake. But can I say the patient doesn't have endocarditis? I cannot disprove the existence of Santa, only that there is no reliable information to support his existence (I assume this blog is not being read by 7 year olds and I just dashed some childs dreams to bits, or to bytes).

    The same applies to chemicals and the USA sheep keep on getting taken advantage of.
    • Jun 14 2012: Your a cranky bugger, life does tend to get in the way of good intentions. However there is alot of information out there in relation to what you are suggesting, and more and more people are becoming aware of the correlation between chemicals and human illness, I hope you have read the book that started it all off, Rachel Carsons 'Silent Spring". It isn't a dead subject
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        Jun 14 2012: I was introduced to Silent Spring the year it was published and became my botany teachers main text. Went to sleep for twenty years then got involved with Audubon, Rachel Carson Council and many more. Have been producing and promoting organic pet bird food for three decades.

        Recent reports from the various science groups say the tipping point on many issues is coming faster than predicted. Hope there is a new effort up to the task.

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