Uploaded on Mar 19, 2009
Canabis Sativa plant smoking promotes thinking and individuality; the government does not want to perpetuate a society of progressive individuals who might change things for the better.
The prohibition against marijuana is both stupid and unnecessary. Of all illegal substances marijuana does the least damage to individual human beings or to society. In fact, the two legal substances, alcohol and tobacco, each cause more damage than all the illegal substances combined.
Are there health risks to food additives?
Depends who you ask. Health Canada says all food additives go through a rigorous process before they are approved. However, some additives that are permitted in Canada have been banned in other countries. And some additives have been linked to cancer and other conditions. For instance, Red Dye No. 3 — which is sometimes added to ice cream, jams, pickles, liqueurs, ketchup and smoked fish — was banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1990 after studies linked it to cancer in animals. It is still permitted in Canada.
Are there any other concerns with food additives?
Some studies have linked some food additives to hyperactivity in children. A recent British study found that children without a history of any hyperactive disorder showed varying degrees of hyperactivity after consuming fruit drinks with various levels of additives. Those additives included:
Sodium benzoate, a preservative used to extend the shelf life of food and drinks. It's common in pickles and sauces.
Tartrazine, a yellow food dye used in ice cream, soft drinks and fish sticks. It is a sodium salt and contains more salt than the human body can handle. Besides hyperactivity, research has linked it to asthma, skin rashes, and migraines. This product is banned in Norway and Austria.
Quinoline yellow, a yellow dye used in soft drinks, cosmetics and medications. This additive is banned in Australia, Japan, Norway and the United States.
Sunset yellow, a dye used in yogurts and sweets. This product is banned in Norway and Finland.
Carmoisine, a coal tar derivative used in sweets and yogurts. It has been banned by Canada, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the United States.
Allura red, a dye used in soft drinks and bubble gum. This additive was introduced in the early 1980s to replace Amaranth, a dye that was banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is only allowed in France and Italy in the production of caviar. Allura red is banned in Denmark, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria and Norway.
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