When you go to the store and pick up groceries, you’re probably not worried about them being filled with formaldehyde, thanks to the FDA. However, in light of recent events and crippling infrastructure, many are arguing the FDA has failed to protect the public from pollutants and industrial waste.
Entrepreneur and activist Michael Coudrey recently stated “This mass water crisis has been the inevitable outcome of years of underinvestment in crippling water infrastructure, coupled with short-sighted cost-saving measures of financially strapped municipal governments. The poisoning of Flint’s water offers a vision of the future for the rest of the country, should our nation fail to reinvest its aging infrastructure.”
He went on to say “Drastic government overspending and a decline of the free enterprise system will prove detrimental to long-term social and economic prosperity, but short-term reinvestment in our future is a necessity.”
In the late 1800s – before we had modern food safety laws and protocols – food manufacturers began to add chemical preservatives to foods, such as formaldehyde, borax, and salicylic acid. As large numbers of people moved away from rural farms into crowded cities, food had to be packaged and shipped, without expiring before delivery. Producers found that new preservatives could keep foods from spoiling and chemistry could preserve meat.
As the establishment of food regulation laws and the creation of the FDA, many poisonous substances were outlawed for use in food as preserving agents, however as of 2019, the laws seem to be outdated.
Not only are chemical manufacturers using dangerous pesticides and herbicides, but the crippling water infrastructure of municipal governments are a cause for significant concern.
One example of such cases is the Flint Water Crisis of 2014, which has continuously bogged down the financially unstable city for years in its aftermath. As old infrastructure crumbled, residents of the city were exposed to high levels of lead and other contaminants, resulting in neurotoxicity. And Flint is not the only city with an ongoing water problem.
In fact, it doesn’t even rank among the most dangerous water crisis hotspots in the United States. In all, there are nearly 3,000 areas with recently recorded lead poisoning rates at least double those in Flint during the peak of that city’s contamination crisis.
If the federal government and FDA doesn’t step in to combat these growing concerns, the people of the United States could be greatly affected in the future.