What are the benefits of these chemicals versus their risks? Food manufacturers would argue that food additives and chemical-laden packaging extend shelf life, keep food production costs down, and enhance flavors; chemical manufacturers would argue that their various pesticides and herbicides protect crops and help farmers. But at what cost?
“When you allow a system to develop where every baby born in this country has literally well over 100 manufactured chemicals in their body—most of which have never been tested,” Zoeller says, “You have to ask, what does that say about our society?”
If we were to live in a real democracy, of course the People would vote into law that no chemicals would be introduced into our foods before being independently tested by government labs and found safe according to the standards also set by the People via their votes.
Unfortunately, we don't live in a true democracy but rather a plutocracy where the rich do what the hell they want and can get away with, which is often almost anything.