The Effect of Food Irradiation on Childrens Health

Health Sciences & Medicine
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This is an issue which impacts every household in America and quite possibly the world, yet a thorough understanding of the topic is limited. It is an unfortunate circumstance that only a limited number of the public is aware of the decisions which are being made concerning the food they, and even their grandchildren will eventually consume.


The assigned topic of this paper could only be dealt with peripherally, because there is only one study with data which relates directly to the subject. Albeit I found the study to be inconclusive and the sample of human participants to be dubious (malnourished children) and the sample size statistically insignificant, it was the only data available. To be sure, this points to the urgency and significance for a controlled study to be undertaken...
My findings on this topic bring to mind, an old Chinese proverb which states: "In life there are no problems, only situations which present us with the opportunity to learn something new." I will begin by making it abundantly clear that on this specific topic, we literally know a little bit of nothing. Of course we know irradiation is a process in which food is submitted to ionized radiation to kill bacteria. And that in 1915 radiation was used to kill trichina in meat, but the process had a long way to go because though the process eliminated the bacteria, it left a taste which was offensive to the pallet. After more than eighty five years, there have only been two known studies which have initiated feeding programs using humans as subjects. One was a 15 week feeding program conducted in China, and unfortunately for us, the data is in Chinese. ...
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