So did you see the Good Morning America story this morning which told how Spokane County, WA has banned dish washing detergents which contain phosphates? They no longer sell them because (according to the online article) "cleaning chemicals lead to algae growth and oxygen depletion in rivers. In Spokane County phosphate levels in rivers and lakes are so high that they are putting fish at risk." So they've asked that people refrain from using them.
Of course, you can guess what some Spokane County folks are doing, can't you? They're complaining that phosphate-free detergents do a poor job on their dishes so now they're taking grocery runs over into Idaho so to smuggle dishwashing detergents into their homes.
So typical of us, isn't it? We disobey authority like it's nothing if we disagree with it. If the government is making too many little laws, we just chuck the ones we believe to be silly. I've done it and I know you most likely have, too, at least once. (Can we be honest here?)
But getting back to phosphates..... Only about a month ago did Tom and I realize something. Tri-sodium phosphate (TSP) is one of the best-known cleaners on the market. It's terrific for cleaning walls (paneled ones, especially) before painting them and the list goes on of its cleaning wonders. Well, guess what? Phosphate is in tons of breakfast cereals and packaged foods like macaroni and cheese.
So now Tom and I are trying to avoid any foods with phosphates listed in their ingredients. Why sicken these bodies God gave us by eating ingredients you'd find in toxic cleaners?
And if anyone is tempted to send me articles or blogs which preach against 'junk science' and tell how all food is peachy-keen-safe and the FDA is made up of big-eyed, innocent, outstanding citizens, well, save your time. I'm beyond falling for that. I've read too much and I've watched too many people become sick.
.....Crawling down off my (phosphate-free) soap box now......