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Mother Jones magazine gives readers another reason to avoid high fructose corn syrup. Besides increasing the risk for obesity and diabetes, the sweetener has been found to be contaminated with mercury, according to an article in the July/August 2009 issue.
The story said an FDA researcher stumbled upon an obscure report about mercury emissions from chemical plants making lye. She wondered if lye - a component in HFCS production - was tainted with the heavy metal.
A national lab and a UC Davis lab found mercury in most HFCS samples. The FDA said the mercury is elemental, the least likely form to cause health problems in humans. But the lab that analyzed the samples believes there's a good chance the mercury is the readily absorbable organic form, the story said.
The analysts "said in so many words, 'It doesn't look like inorganic,'" the article quoted UC Davis research engineer Peter Green. "They would even say it's more likely not the regular elemental mercury."
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Colusa County Sun-Herald does such a great job chronicling the local UC Master Gardener program, I'm sure we couldn't have written a finer account ourselves.
Reporter Susan Meeker does make one common mischaracterization, calling it the "University of California Davis, Cooperative Extension Master Gardener program," but she goes on to capture the most important aspects of UC's volunteer garden information extension organization in a 400-word article published yesterday.
"We're not experts," the story quoted program coordinator Gerry Hernandez, "but we have the university and all of its research behind us."
The article details the Master Gardener training and activities and notes that all of the volunteers' efforts have an emphasis on sustainability and protecting the environment.
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