What could I possibly have against these cute little “healthy” snacks that can be found in school lunchboxes across America? Well as it turns out many “baby carrots” aren’t actually baby carrots at all…
It’s almost back to school time and baby carrots are one snack to keep out of your child’s lunch. It may shock you… but baby carrots don’t come out of the ground that way (Normally but some organic companies have designed ways to do this right… WITHOUT CHLORINE). There is no little baby carrot garden where these are harvested. Manufactured baby carrots are a result of taking all the broken and “ugly” big carrots they can’t put in the package, grinding them all up, processing them into the “baby” carrots and giving them a bath in chlorine to give them a bright happy orange color.
There are also “Cut & Peel” baby carrots that are widdled into a miniature form. If you look on the package it doesn’t say “Chlorine”, because it was added as part of manufacturing and not added as an ingredient…why is that? Packaged foods contains lots of chemicals both in the ingredients and in the manufacturing process. The tricky part is chemicals added as part of the manufacturing process are not considered to be an ingredient therefore does not have to be listed on the food label. So there is no way to tell what else is hiding in that box or package.
As defined by the EPA, Chlorine is a pesticide. Its purpose is to kill living organisms. So it would make sense that when you ingest chlorine, it kills some parts of our body like the healthy bacteria in your gut and intestinal flora for instance. Chlorine is a highly toxic, yellow-green gas most heavily used in chemical agents like household cleaners and can be found in the air near industrial areas especially around paper processing plants. Exposure to Chlorine has been linked to health problems such as sore throat, coughing, eye and skin irritation, rapid breathing, narrowing of the bronchi, wheezing, blue coloring of the skin, accumulation of fluid in the lungs, pain in the lung region, severe eye and skin burns, lung collapse, a type of asthma known as Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome (RADS). Chlorine is also added to the public water supply. So not only are you drinking it, but you are absorbing it through the largest organ in your body, your skin. In fact, 2/3 of human absorption of chlorine is from inhaling the steam in the form of chloroform and fast absorption through your open pores in the warm shower or bath. The inhalation of chloroform is a suspected cause of asthma and bronchitis, especially in children… which has increased 300% in the last two decades. Other health risks associated with chloroform is cancer, potential reproductive damage, birth defects, dizziness, fatigue, headache, liver and kidney damage. Chloroform is also found in the air and in food, like baby carrots.
Conclusion: Stick to organically grown whole carrots. They are really easy to find as you can buy them at your local farmers market or grocery store. Wash them and cut them into sticks for your childs lunch box. Carrots are an excellent snack that we enjoy all the time. Enjoy!
A GERMAN BANK EMPLOYEE FELL ASLEEP ON THE KEYBOARD OF HIS COMPUTER AND ACCIDENTALLY TRANSFERRED €293 MILLION WHICH LEAD TO THE SACKING OF A COLLEAGUE, A COURT HAS HEARD.
A German labour court ruled yesterday that a bank supervisor was unfairly sacked for missing a multi-million- euro error by a colleague who fell asleep during a financial transaction.
The clerk was transferring 64.20 euros when he dozed off with his finger on the keyboard, resulting in a transfer of 222,222,222.22 euros (USD 293 million).
His supervisor was fired for allegedly failing to check the transaction. But judges in the state of Hesse said she should have only been reprimanded.
The incident took place in April last year when the tired bank clerk fell asleep at his computer with his finger pressed on the number two key, the BBC reported.
His 48-year-old supervisor, an employee at the bank since 1986, told the court she had not noticed the error and approved the transaction.
Another colleague spotted the mistake later and corrected it.
The bank accused the supervisor of not even verifying the clerk’s work.
But the court heard that on the day of the erroneous transaction, she had checked 812 documents for mistakes, with most taking just over a second of scrutiny.
The judges ruled that there had been no malicious intent on her behalf, and that she should have received a warning.
As a result, they ordered the bank to reinstate the supervisor, saying her work contract could not be terminated.
The report comes as concerns in Tunisia grow about religious orders or “fatwas” that have circulated the internet calling on women to perform jihad through sex.
Last month, a Tunisian minister of religious affairs appealed to girls not to be influenced by Islamic preachers outside of Tunisia who, it has been reported, made a number of “sexual fatwas”.
Tunisian newspapers reported that a young Tunisian man divorced his wife, and that they both headed to Syria almost a month ago to “allow her to engage in sexual jihad with the mujahideen” there.
This report followed earlier ones of a video widely circulated on the internet and social websites in Tunisia showing the parents of a veiled girl called Rahmah, 17.
They said Rahmaha disappeared from home one morning and they “later learned that she had headed to Syria to carry out sexual jihad.”
The young girl has since returned to her family, who have kept her out of sight, and said that their daughter is not a religious fanatic “but was influenced by her fellow students who are known for their affiliation with the jihadist Salafist.”
Her parents said these fellow students may have brainwashed her and convinced her to travel to Syria “to support the mujahideen there.”
Such stories are becoming more common in Tunisia and parents are concerned about the influence charismatic Islamic leaders in other Arab countries can wield over their children.
The minister’s statements came after the spread of an anonymous “sexual jihad” fatwa on the internet calling on young women to support [opposition] fighters in Syria by providing sexual services on the battlefield.
According to media reports in Tunisia who quoted mujahideen returning to Tunisia after participating in jihad in Syria, 13 Tunisian girls headed to the battlefield in response to the “sexual jihad” fatwa.
News websites and social networks in Tunisia circulated a fatwas attributed to sheikh Mohamed al-Arifi in which he calls upon “Muslim women to perform jihad through sex.”
Saudi Arabia is widely known to be financially backing the Syrian rebels fighting in Northern Syria and whose hardcore “Salafist” strand of Islam influences a great number of the young fighters — many of whom are “jihadists” and come from all around the world, including the UK.
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