"Without Chemicals, Life Itself Would Be Impossible"

The LA Times does a better job of getting me going in the morning than a cup of coffee. This is because of their uncanny ability to increase my blood pressure — naturally, without the use of chemicals. See this morning’s lead editorial at http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-chemicals-20100628,0,5190087.story
In LA Times land, all “chemicals” are bad, and any “government action” such as a bill currently being pushed through by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) to require more lab rats to die (while testing product safety) is good. However, a more informed examination of this issue provides a much more complex picture.
Several years ago, the chemical manufacturing company Monsanto had an ad campaign that used the slogan, “Without chemicals, life itself would be impossible.” The Madison Avenue types apparently didn’t think this was increasing sales for Monsanto, so the slogan died a quick death. But the slogan was absolutely, positively, without-a-doubt the truth!
We are all just collections of chemicals. I apologize if that offends anyone’s sensibilities, but sometimes “the truth hurts.” And it’s not just you and me and our 6+ billion fellow Homo sapiens — it is all life as our modern science understands it.
The LA Times is concerned that we will all die from cancer, due to “synthetic chemicals.” I urge you to watch the following 5-minute video, to see what cancer researchers like the legendary Dr. Bruce Ames think about “natural” vs. “synthetic” chemical risks. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxE9sYatPAs
Life is filled with risks. Eating foods from modern agricultural operations and drinking tap water in the United States are among the least risky things you can do in life.
By the way, LA Times, has anyone checked out your ink and paper, to make sure they’re not harmful? I’m pretty confident that the Times’ words are far more harmful than their chemical product.

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