Recently these three studies on eggs came my way:
Dioxins, furans, and polychlorinated biphenyls in hen eggs – a new source of hazard for consumers?
Dioxins in organic eggs: a review
The Egg Report: Contamination of chicken eggs from 17 countries by dioxins, PCBs, and hexachlorobenzene.
After reviewing both I was shocked to see that dioxins - carcinogens from pollution/manufacturing waste - were more prevalent - in some cases 50x more - than in industrialized eggs.
How could this be?
Dioxins from manufacturing waste are airborne. This means while a farm upstate may be miles away from a factory - the wind can blow in toxins from North Carolina - or even Poland.
Dioxins do not biodegrade. They are in our grasses and soil. So while a farm may have organic practices - there is no preventing the sediment on the grasses the chickens eat or the soil they pick insects from.
This is why the eggs from chickens in the industrialized building had relatively low dioxin levels and the chickens outdoors had extremely high levels. It is even more extreme if the farm is close to a manufacturing plant.
What can we do? One thing I am doing is reaching out to the researchers to see if meat and milk have been tested. This information could certainly change an entire industry and their practices that have profited significantly off of the idea of health that could be false.
Dioxins are attracted to fat cells. So while it goes against the new idea that fat is good - when eating dairy or cheese or meat - avoid high fat selections. Eat and drink the low fat options. Since plants/beans/seeds can be washed and do not have fat cells - their dioxin content is negligible in comparison.
Ultimately what we need to do is prevent pollution and regulate emissions. Our current administration is trying to reverse this. Even the polluters think this is crazy. And we need to press developing countries such as China and India to be leaders in solar and wind technology and to not invest in dirty technology like coal plants.
The good news is soil can be regenerated so once pollution is reduced - the soil can be made healthy again. Take a look at www.kisstheground.com
for some hope.
Love + hope will change the world.