I would think bringing this type of stuff to people who talk about "muh modern medicines!" would challenge their worldview, but the goal posts just get moved again. Tech will solve this problem, tech will solve all problems.
Thanks for sharing that link. This is one of those things that just become accepted and that's absolutely insane. There are plenty of studies just like this one which show that pharmaceuticals are carried in crops. That should be a huge issue, but it's just treated as if nothing has changed. I was planning on writing a piece for BAGR 1 about the irony of marketing nostalgia in a time of persistent and necessary flux (Bauman's liquid modernity), but got side tracked after being stumped over how the narrative of Progress itself has changed so much in the past 5 years. It's all just become integrated and moves so fast that you can't grasp onto it. I'm sure that Vice story makes it's rounds in the News Feed and will go as quickly as it came. The scariest thing about living in modern times is the loss of memory and the reduced ability to remember. And to that end, pharmaceutical laced foods (even before the additives and hormones) serve the end goal of Progress as inertia. The Spectacle is Now!
Have you ever read through an EPA Toxicity report? These things are insane. Here's one: www.epa.gov/opptintr/pfoa/pubs/Toxicology-Carboxylates%20-Rickard.pdf That's a toxicity report on Perfluorocarboxylates. Even figuring out what these are is no simple task, but they're showing up in lettuces. This report is a listing of the negative health impacts of them, but ends with this ominous statement: "Not possible to generalize about toxicity of Perfluoroalkyls or to treat as a class" So every element of everything produced has chemicals like this that are just buried in the process. They are toxic, but while they draw consistent health impacts, the fact that they are scattered makes this unclassifiable as a toxin. Just pick one chemical and take a look down the rabbit hole. Every single product is like this and every single chemical, food additive, and pharmaceutical is filled completely with these compounds and then are flooded back into the ecosystem, waterways, and, ultimately, your body and virtually no attention is paid to them. How ANYONE thinks this way of life is defensible is evidence of how deep this goes. And then there's language like this:
PFOA has been detected in the blood of more than 98% of the general US population in the low and sub-parts per billion range, and levels are higher in chemical plant employees and surrounding subpopulations. How general populations are exposed to PFOA is not completely understood. PFOA has been detected in industrial waste, stain resistant carpets, carpet cleaning liquids, house dust, microwave popcorn bags, water, food, some cookware and PTFE such as Teflon.
"How general populations are exposed to PFOA is not completely understood." Bash my face off a fucking wall. Microwavable popcorn bags, what a way to go.