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NEW YORK (AP) — A big government study has fingered leafy greens like lettuce and spinach as the leading source of food poisoning, a perhaps uncomfortable conclusion for health officials who want us to eat our vegetables.

“Most meals are safe,” said Dr. Patricia Griffin, a government researcher and one of the study’s authors who said the finding shouldn’t discourage people from eating produce. Experts repeated often-heard advice: Be sure to wash those foods or cook them thoroughly.

While more people may have gotten sick from plants, more died from contaminated poultry, the study also found. The results were released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans — or 48 million people— gets sick from food poisoning. That includes 128,000 hospitalization and 3,000 deaths, according to previous CDC estimates.(AP news-29 Jan,’13)

Earlier it was pesticides. Often untested innovation in agriculture created an unprecedented disaster, especially in the fifties. There was a ‘biotic’ approach and there was the ‘scorched earth’. The former was cheaper, safer, longer acting, natural solutions to pest problems. For example, introducing a fungus that causes a fatal disease in this insect can control the menace of Japanese beetle. In the latter the chemical industry advocated pesticides were safe, and imprudent public officials accepted this disinformation without a murmur. Progress is often touted by special interest groups like Chemical industry.

The publishing of Silent Spring (1962) by Rachel Carson showed the Chemical industry was irresponsible for the long-range consequences of chemical pesticides. (The primary inspiration for the book was a friend of Carson’s who was concerned about dying birds in her hometown where the authorities had sprayed DDT to control mosquitoes. At about the same time, a disastrous pesticide campaign against the fire ant of the Southeast was receiving national attention. Formerly a science writer for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Carson already had some acquaintance with research on pesticides, and Silent Spring impacted the American public.

Till results prove what the public get to see wizards but later we see crooks in pin-stripe suits whose gift of the gab had run faster than their worth. Enron, and many others are evil genie let out because of those who are set to safeguard nation’s health preferred quick gains. If these multinationals walk with a heavy tread, these may be only 1% but carry weight, you may be sure quality of life for the rest shall become degraded fast. The sky is polluted,- and China is blindly blundering through the same mess the US went, so are rivers. The earth is getting the taste of the accumulated misdeeds of the greedy nations.

benny 

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Let us consider what is  Science. It is an enquiry into how our physical universe works. It includes the physical aspects of the inquirer vis-à-vis the universe without. Here Science must take the lead on facts that may come in the form of laws of nature. One such law states thus: energy can neither be created or destroyed. This leads us to think of every matter in a particular state handling energy. Change from one state to another is change in energy as well. Agitation of molecules causes heat and it is transferred. Water, ice and vapor are different states where energy necessarily forms a trade off. Energy like currency is transacted by matter.  Any life form handling energy at one level is purely explained by science and it is in terms of matter.
Matter has mass and it has specific relationship to energy as per Einstein’s famous equation. Energy as stated at the outset is cannot be destroyed or created. Man who professes any religion therefore is part and parcel of that constant represented by energy.

Now looking at religion we may conclude there is no religion separated from energy. This applies to the physical make up of one believer or a church.In a church several like-minded persons pool their energy for a purpose. This energy may be used for noble and ignoble purposes. What is religion but a moral centre upon which each believer makes his reality count?  I need not worry unduly if some TV preacher uses his reality to amass worldly riches and make the word of God to none effect. Do I compromise my moral being by having a part in his actions? Am I so indifferent to what I have understood as my right to a reality? Should I compromise my energy knowing the church is more a den of iniquity and waste my energy therein? Each of us as rational beings owes to give good account of the way we direct our lives.

If quantum mechanics gives an entirely different way matter behaves at minutest levels we may be sure Science is not everything open and shut. Neither would the  moral universe behave in the manner we rationally explain religion.

Spooky Science:

One of the strangest predictions of the theory of quantum mechanics is that particles can become “entangled” so that even after they are separated in space, when an action is performed on one particle, the other particle responds immediately. How shall we explain this in our moral universe?I shall come to it by and by.

In June 2009 scientists announced they had measured entanglement in a new kind of system – two separated pairs of vibrating particles. Previous experiments had entangled the internal properties of particles, such as spin states, but this was the first time scientists had entangled the particles’ pattern of motion, which is a system that resembles the larger, everyday world. Chain of events any of us sets off will create sympathetic wave of chains where both chain of events are separated in space. This action may have begun on bad motives and may at some point leave some good for some and create ill-will for many other. What I want to say is this: there is no need of a divine Being being present to give everyman his due good for good or vice versa. These chains of events shall keep history of  man  moving and it belongs to the moral universe. Where man acts merely to gain some immediate advantage over another but give advantage quite unexpectedly to some one else. Man who defrauds another will sooner or later is caught in a sticky mess from which he shall not escape so easily. These could go on and on.

benny

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