In the US, we have entirely forgotten about the BP oil spill. (Well, unless you are one of the unlucky down south who is sick and/or dying from Corexit – aka Fuxit – the dispersant that BP sprayed all over the place in an effort to “clean up” the spill.) The Macondo site is still leaking and there are reports that someone is still spraying dispersants in various places around the Gulf. Sea life is still washing up dead on beaches and the fish caught for our consumption are deformed and showing signs of genetic mutation. Despite this, we have resumed eating the seafood and swimming in the Gulf waters. We do this because the only media coverage in our country about the Gulf of Mexico are commercials, sponsored by BP, telling us that the “Gulf is open for business”. We are apparently not only a resilient people, we are fairly dumb; something that BP and the other big corporations count on with great success.
It was up to the Australian version of “60 Minutes” to do a follow-up on the continuing health problems caused by the oil spill here. Their concern was generated by the fact that oil companies in Australia are allowed to use Corexit in the waters around Australia, including in the Great Barrier Reef.
The video of the 60 Minutes broadcast lasts about 25 minutes. Their coverage of the Corexit issue is split roughly 50/50 between its use in the US and its use in Australia.
BP oil spill investigation, Sixty Minutes summary:
When petroleum giant BP spilled millions of litres of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico three years ago, it was the worst ever offshore oil disaster.
To try and break up that massive slick, vast quantities of chemical dispersant was sprayed on the spill. It seemed to work: the oil disappeared. But people started getting sick and then people started dying.
Now, this environmental disaster has become a health catastrophe. The dispersant, when mixed with the oil, increases in toxicity by 52 times. This sickly, invisible toxin, still lurks in the water and absorbs straight into peoples’ skin.
In this special 60 Minutes investigation, we reveal the same chemical dispersants have been sprayed on the Great Barrier Reef and off the north west coast of Australia.
They’re still approved for use and our authorities are clueless as to how deadly they are.
The broadcast, from August this year:
The second video is very short, as it is just a preview of the longer film entitled “Genetic Roulette – The Gamble of Our Lives”, a film by Jeffrey M. Smith.
Description from their website:
Genetic Roulette – The Gamble of Our Lives has won the 2012 Movie of the Year by the Solari Report and the Top Transformational Film of 2012 by AwareGuide!
Never-before-seen-evidence points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the US population, especially among children. Gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility are just some of the problems implicated in humans, pets, livestock, and lab animals that eat genetically modified soybeans and corn. Monsanto’s strong arm tactics, the FDA’s fraudulent policies, and how the USDA ignores a growing health emergency are also laid bare. This sometimes shocking film may change your diet, help you protect your family, and accelerate the consumer tipping point against genetically modified organisms (GMOs). […]
You can buy the full-length film from their website or from Amazon. I have watched the film, and can tell you that it is not sensationalism. It is a sober and scientific look at the GMO foods being forced on the American public by companies like Monsanto, Sygenta and Bayer, and by the US Congress, which serve as their lackeys. If you have fourteen bucks, buy the film, watch it yourself, and then show it to everyone you know.
The three minute trailer: