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  Irradiation - The use or application of ionizing radiation for the sterilization or preservation of food. Food is irradiated using radioactive gamma sources, or high energy electron beams. The gamma rays break up the molecular structure of the food, forming positively and negatively charged particles called free radicals. The free radicals react with the food (or our bodies) to create new chemical substances called "radiolytic products." Those unique to the irradiation process are known as "unique radiolytic products" (URPs). Some radiolytic products, such as formaldehyde, benzene, formic acid, and quinones are harmful to human health. Benzene, for example, is a known carcinogen. In one experiment, seven times more benzene was found in cooked, irradiated beef than in cooked, non-irradiated beef. Some URPs are completely new chemicals that have not even been identified, let alone tested for toxicity. In addition, irradiation destroys essential vitamins, including vitamin A, thiamin, B2, B3, B6, B12, folic acid, C, E, and K; amino acid and essential polyunsaturated fatty acid content may also be affected. A 20 to 80 percent loss of any of these is not uncommon. A compilation of 12 studies carried out by Raltech Scientific Services, Inc. under contract with the U.S. government examined the effect of feeding irradiated chicken to several different animal species. The studies indicated the possibility of chromosome damage, immunotoxicity, greater incidence of kidney disease, cardiac thrombus, and fibroplasia. In reviewing Raltech's findings in 1984, USDA researcher Donald Thayer asserted, "A collective assessment of study results argues against a definitive conclusion that the gamma-irradiated test material was free of toxic properties." Studies of rats fed irradiated food also indicate possible kidney and testicular damage and a statistically significant increase in testicular tumors. One landmark study in India found four out of five children fed irradiated wheat developed polyploidy, a chromosomal abnormality that is a good indication of future cancer development. We think it makes a lot more sense to focus on producing “clean” food, rather than trying to clean up “dirty” food.

Locally grown - Products grown within a close distance that reduce food miles and builds the local economy. Today, the average grocery store product travels about 1500 miles from start to finish.

So... What’s the best approach?
That’s easy; Eating certified Organic, pastured, free-range, humanely raised, sustainably & locally grown products assures you of the purest, safest, healthiest, most environmentally sound, tastiest products.
At Windy Ridge Poultry we are “all of the above” !

If your diet isn’t perfect, don’t panic. Do the best you can. Every little bit of improvement will help you and the earth and is worth the effort.

 

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