Food for Life
“The word organic has a
specific meaning in chemistry and describes any compound based on carbon.
Carbon dioxide, methane, and butane, as well as fat, starch, sugar, and protein
are examples of natural organic compounds. In addition to compounds found
in nature, modern science has created synthetic organic compounds. Nylon,
for example, is a synthetic made from compounds found in oats. Most
synthetic fibers and plastic products are made from natural raw materials, and
are thus called synthetic organic compounds.
“Drinking water contains
both natural and synthetic organic compounds, and they can create health
problems. Some organics are what nightmares are made of.
“The Hudson River Valley in
New York State is a place of great scenic beauty. . . . The land rises in
palisades on one side of the river, affording magnificent views. . . . The
Sunday sailors who take their snarks and snipes for a run in the summer breeze
can look into the water and see fish swimming in large schools. In fact,
the number of fish seems to be increasing each year….Indeed, the Hudson looks as
if it has defied the odds and remained pristine in spite of the chemicals dumped
by the riverside industries. But looks are deceptive.
“The Hudson River is so
polluted with chemicals that the river’s fishing industry was shut down by the
state in February 1976. Toxins such as benzene, polychlorinated biphenyls
(PCBs), tetrahydrofuran, toluene, and chloroform (among others) were found in
such high quantities that fish caught in the Hudson are considered unfit to
“A 1977 study by the
Environmental Protection Agency identified 280 organic compounds in the
waterways. A joint study by two environmental activist groups,…found that
some of the most potent cancer-causing toxins and chemicals known to cause birth
defects were present in the water that served 150,000 people in and around
Poughkeepsie. And if the plans set forth by the Army Corps of Engineers
are accepted, this water will serve 10 million additional people of the New York
“Other guests at the
chemical feast include: Philadelphians, who drink water from the Delaware River
and are subjected to varying amounts of PCBs, a dangerous toxin. The
former residents of Love Canal, a small housing development built on a filled-in
canal near Niagara Falls. Their drinking water was contaminated by a
landfill containing 82 chemical compounds, including 11 known or suspected
carcinogens. Some residents of Canton, Connecticut, have been advised to
buy bottled water because seven of the town’s wells contain extremely high
levels of chemicals known to cause cancer in laboratory animals. Water is to
Drink, by Carol Keough, 7–9.
we can begin to understand God’s final warning to His people that in the last
days everything will be polluted, the air, the water, and the animals . .
. everything! So people beware! It is an unsafe world out there, but
for the protection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ over His chosen
Nut Banana Loaf
½ cup nuts, ground
½ cup Uncle Sam’s Cereal
½ cup ground dates
1 cup raisins, ground
2 ripe bananas
Mix ingredients thoroughly
and put into baking pan.
Bake at 300–325° for 45
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