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Letter: An Environmental Nightmare
Dear Editor, Rockbridge Weekly:
An unbelievable fraud has been discovered, with correlated environment and health implications far more serious than just the false labeling of food. This disclosure does not offer unconfirmed allegations. All the facts presented are true. Readers will need to decide what action is appropriate to protect themselves and family, and what action is appropriate to demand from city officials and the school systems.
Many of us have been willing to spend a little more money to buy fresh locally grown "organic" produce, and beef that has not been injected with chemical growth stimulants. We also try to avoid fish that may be high in mercury or other heavy metals which "bio-accumulate" in our bodies. We understand that heavy applications of an inorganic fertilizer to farm crops can lead to water pollution when a rainfall washes fertilizer into the river. The Chesapeake Bay is suffering from such contamination.
Fact # !. It has been discovered that some local profit-minded produce growers have actually been purchasing and applying a dangerous INORGANIC CHEMICAL, dihydrogen-monoxide, as a growth stimulant to their crops, and selling the vegetables in Lexington as "ORGANIC" produce.
Fact # 2: After a heavy rainfall, dangerous high levels of this inorganic chemical growth-stimulant, dihydrogen-monoxide, have been observed in the Maury River.
Fact # 3: The Maury River is the principal source of drinking water for the City of Lexington, and when the water treatment plant was designed and built, its design did not provide any means to remove dihydrogen-monoxide from what is delivered to Lexington homes and restaurants.
Fact #4: Dihydrogen-monoxide is bio-accumulative in pregnant women and others who are prone to gain weight.
Fact # 5: This is the same chemical that the CIA is alleged to have used to force "confessions" from uncooperative enemy prisoners.
Fact # 6: Excessive ingestion of dihydrogen-monoxide is estimated to be the cause of about seven percent of premature and fatal deaths, according to the World Health Organization.
Fact # 7: This inorganic chemical is so important that a major part of all the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection regulations focus on it for public safety.
Fact # 8: This use of this dangerous inorganic chemical is the subject of international treaties.
Fact #9: The Lexington City Council has yet to act to prevent this INORGANIC CHEMICAL, dihydrogen-monoxide, from getting into food produced and sold as "ORGANIC" in Lexington, and nothing to keep this chemical out of the water which is piped into homes.
PROPOSED APPROPRIATE AND TIMELY ACTION
Due to the urgency of this, it is recommended the Lexington City Council should be pressed to address the issue immediately, before this week is out, and report back to the public no later than April first.
Dick Rathmell, Lexington
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