Archive for February, 2014

Cancellation Notice for 2/26/14 Hassig Campaign Event

Due to the likelihood of lake effect snow  tonight and tomorrow in the
Oswego area, I will not be attending the NYS Council on Food Policy
Listening Tour event scheduled for 2/26/14.  Thank you for your
interest in the NY-21 race.

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2/26/14 Media Advisory: Green Hassig Gives Presentation titled “Environmental Health Science in the Development of Food Policy” at NYS Council on Food Policy Listening Tour Event

Green Hassig Gives Presentation titled “Environmental Health Science
in the Development of Food Policy” at NYS Council on Food Policy
Listening Tour Event

Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 10:00 AM-4:30 PM

New York State Fairgrounds, Demo Kitchen in the Art and Home Center,
Syracuse, NY USA

The New York State Council on Food Policy has announced that it will
conduct the first in a series of Listening Tour events at the New York
State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.  I have made arrangements to
participate.

This event marks the first time that the people of New York have been
invited to take a role in the creation of food policy.  The approach
of such a standout event is cause for jubilation.  We can be sure that
the governments of America are coming to recognize the importance of
food in matters of public health.  The Listening Tour event offers a
perfect moment to raise the matter of the benefit to public health
that accrues from providing the public with warnings of food
contamination problems.  Empowering individual action to avoid
exposure to food supply contaminants must become a key part of food
policy making.  Environmental health science knowledge makes this all
possible.

I look forward with great excitement to this opportunity to speak on
the value of environmental health science knowledge in decision making
on food.  I will make a five minute oral presentation that focuses on
two issues in which environmental health science illuminates health
protective policy making:  persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
contamination of animal fats and arsenic contamination of rice.

A PDF file for my presentation at the Listening Tour event is available below.

Environmental Health Science in the Development of Food Policy

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My Top Five Campaign Issues

Here are my top five campaign issues.

Stop all fracking in the USA. No more fracking for oil. No more fracking for gas. No more fracking period.

Create a good job for every American who wants to work. Other nations have full employment such as this. Cuba is a good example.

Provide free health care for all. This means Medicaid for every American.

Provide free education through graduate school.

Provide free organic food for all Americans. This can be paid for with compensation awards won in federal lawsuits against chemical and manufacturing corporations that have used chemicals carelessly during the course of the past hundred years. The US Justice Department has the legal firepower to take on Monsanto, General Electric, Dow, General Motors, ALCOA, Westinghouse, et al. I want the Justice Department to initiate lawsuits that demand compensation for the poisoning of every American with PCBs, dioxins and brominated flame retardants. This is only fair. Free organic food will help repair the damage to health that has resulted from careless corporate chemical use.

Viva the New Age, New American Revolution!!

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2/19/14 News Release: Green Party Candidate Hassig Presents Question to US EPA Regarding Dioxin Contamination and Food Supply Safety

Green Party Candidate Hassig Presents Question to US EPA Regarding Dioxin Contamination and Food Supply Safety

Why has the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) taken the position that dioxin contamination of the food supply does not represent a health risk for Americans?  The scientific literature clearly demonstrates that dioxin exposure at current levels of food supply contamination can cause damages to health in a number of ways.  Dioxin exposure of adults leads to epigenetic effects resulting in damage to the health of offspring.  Additionally, lifelong dioxin exposures impose increased cancer risk in the body of the independent organism.  This is because dioxin promotes carcinogenesis.  The non-carcinogenic effects part of the agency’s dioxin reassessment does not take either of these sources of risk into account.  Lack of attention to these sources of risk constitutes an incurable flaw in the agency’s dioxin reassessment.  Because of this flaw, the agency’s position that the food supply is safe is invalid.  Without publishing a carcinogenic effects part to the reassessment, the risk characterization is incomplete.  EPA can not justify its decision to provide the public with assurance that the food supply is safe.

This question has been presented to Judith Enck, Regional Administrator for US EPA Region 2.  I do not expect an answer from Ms. Enck.  I have sought the answers to questions regarding EPA’s position on dioxin contamination and food supply safety over the period of several years.  Her response has been merely to restate the EPA position that the food supply is safe.  Her response provides no answers.  It is nothing but avoidance of my questions.  I am hopeful that raising this matter in my congressional campaign will lead to provision of answers.

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2/19/14 Letter to Judith Enck US EPA Region 2 Requesting Answer to Question Regarding Dioxin Contamination and Food Supply Safety

2/19/14

Judith Enck, Regional Administrator

US Environmental Protection Agency

New York, NY USA

Dear Ms. Enck,

I have sought answers to questions regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) position on dioxin contamination and food supply safety for a considerable period of time.  You have thus far responded to my questions with avoidance of the questions.  I request that you behave in an honorable manner and provide a straightforward answer to the question found below.

Why has the EPA taken the position that dioxin contamination of the food supply does not represent a health risk for Americans?  The scientific literature clearly demonstrates that dioxin exposure at current levels of food supply contamination can cause damages to health in a number of ways.  Dioxin exposure of adults leads to epigenetic effects resulting in damage to the health of offspring.  Additionally, lifelong dioxin exposures impose increased cancer risk in the body of the independent organism.  This is because dioxin promotes carcinogenesis. The non-carcinogenic effects part of the agency’s dioxin reassessment does not take either of these sources of risk into account.  Lack of attention to these sources of risk constitutes an incurable flaw in the agency’s dioxin reassessment.  Because of this flaw, the agency’s position that the food supply is safe is invalid.  Without publishing a carcinogenic effects part to the reassessment, the risk characterization is incomplete.  EPA can not justify its decision to provide the public with assurance that the food supply is safe.

Thank you for your attention to this correspondence.

joyous in Nature,

Donald L. Hassig

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2/16/14 News Release: Green Party Candidate Hassig Vows to Hold US EPA Accountable for Sickness and Death Caused by Unnecessary Exposures to Dioxins, PCBs, Flame Retardants and Fat-Soluble Pesticides

Green Party Candidate Hassig Vows to Hold US EPA Accountable for
Sickness and Death Caused by Unnecessary Exposures to Dioxins, PCBs,
Flame Retardants and Fat-Soluble Pesticides

The non-carcinogenic effects part of the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) dioxin reassessment was published in February 2012.  The
carcinogenic effects part has not yet been published.  EPA used
publication of the non-carcinogenic effects part of the reassessment
to make the claim that the food supply was safe.  The food supply was
not proven to be safe by the document that EPA published.  EPA only
considered non-carcinogenic effects that had been quantified in
developing an oral reference dose.  There are numerous
non-carcinogenic effects and carcinogenic effects that can not be
quantified at this time.  Because of the uncertainty associated with
these effects, it is not scientifically valid for EPA to publish an
oral reference dose and make the claim that the food supply is safe.
The simple Truth is that science has not yet produced sufficient
understanding of dioxin exposure health effects to make dependable
quantification of risk possible.  At this stage of scientific
knowledge it is only possible to state that chronic dioxin exposure at
low doses is associated with serious damages to health.  It is
therefore prudent to take action to minimize dioxin exposure.  EPA is
not acting to minimize dioxin exposure.  Assuring the public that the
food supply is safe when existing scientific knowledge supports the
conclusion that it is highly likely that the food supply is not safe
results in unnecessary exposures that are highly likely to be causing
serious harm.

When one considers the fact that total persistent organic pollutants
(POPs) exposure includes dioxin exposure, all PCB exposures, all flame
retardant exposures and exposures to fat soluble pesticides, including
DDT, Mirex, Toxaphene, hexachlorobenzene and hexachlorocyclohexane, it
is clear that total POPs exposure imposes a significant quantity of
disease risk at current levels of food supply contamination and that
action should be taken to assist the public with avoiding POPs
exposures so as to minimize exposure.  The first step in this
assistance of the public is warning the public of the POPs exposure
health hazard constituted by the presence of POPs in the mainstream
food supply animal fat containing foods:  meats, fish, dairy products,
eggs and processed foods in which animal fat is an ingredient.

EPA does not provide any such warning to the public because EPA is
controlled by corporations in the chemicals, food and manufacturing
sectors of the economy.  EPA hides the Truth about the damages to
health caused by total POPs exposure by spending decades reassessing
dioxin and then publishing an invalid reassessment document that sets
forth a meaningless oral reference dose.  EPA is responsible for the
suffering and death of millions of Americans.  EPA has committed and
continues to commit criminally negligent homicide.

“I want to bring out the Truth about EPA, dioxin and POPs so the
American people can start making dietary choices that minimize
exposure to dioxins and POPs.  Eating little or no animal fat
minimizes exposure to dioxins and POPs.  Another benefit of bringing
out the Truth about this is government accountability.  I want to see
EPA held accountable for deceiving Americans about dioxin and POPs
exposure.  Creating this accountability will go far to bringing an end
to corporate control of government.  It will spark an environmental
revolution.  Everything will be different when large numbers of people
know the Truth about contamination of the food supply with industrial
chemicals.  We will finally be ready to start walking upon the path of
using chemicals with care.  Bringing out the Truth comes first.  When
I am a member of Congress, I will take whatever steps are necessary to
hold EPA accountable for the harm that has been caused by dioxin and
total POPs exposure deceptions.  I will make sure that the American
people know that EPA told them that the food supply was safe when it
was known by scientists that the food supply was not safe and that the
exposures that took place before and continue to take place to this
very day have caused much harm.”-Donald L. Hassig

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Dancing and Speaking Freely to Bring an End to Fracking in America

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