Posted 08 November 2019 - 06:17 AM
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Just finished reading Deborah Blum's The Poison Squad, about the extraordinary efforts of Harvey Washington Wiley and his team at the Department of Agriculture to get poisons, preservatives, and adulterations out of the US food supply. The 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act, which in effect was only a starting point, is a result of all his labors.
Whatever you think about what's in our food now, we can be more or less assured that what the label says is what's in it, even if that label is a list of chemicals as long as your arm. Basically, from the beginning of the 19th century until a few decades into the 20th century, unless you were wealthy or grew your own food and raised your own livestock, probably everything you ate had been tampered with or adulterated or an outright fake. How about some formaldehyde in milk? Maybe you'd care for some rope in that ground pepper?
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