Read all of Rutz’s columns on soy for the whole story:
My series on soy concludes today with a few facts that are stranger than fiction:
Remember the 1973 horror classic, “Soylent Green”? It’s a futuristic dystopia in which overpopulation has moved the government to mass-produce a cheap soyfood product called “Soylent Green” that contains a secret ingredient to make it tasty: cadavers. Charlton Heston plays a detective who eventually discovers the grim truth and shouts the film’s famous line, “Soylent Green is people!”
Well, reality is catching up to fantasy. I just discovered a line in Dr. Kaayla Daniel’s jarring book, “The Whole Soy Story,” where she takes a break from her clear and sober discussion of the science to puckishly report, “A ‘value-added’ product made of animal waste and soy protein has been transformed into animal chow.” So far, chicken and pig manure have worked well as ingredients, though the more fibrous cow pies, she says, have “failed to pan out.” As a comforting aside for us beefeaters, she mentions that this (urp) “bean turd” product for livestock feed “is not yet widespread, though soy protein mixed with animal, fish and poultry carcasses was fed to animals for years.”1 Fears of mad cow disease have apparently put a stop to that. Not so for poop. That’s apparently an acceptable ingredient, provided it’s well-cooked, de-scented, dehydrated and sterilized.
Hold that horror for the future. Right now, the soy industry is flush with pride over soy protein – a waste byproduct of soy oil production. Years ago, people wanted to eat it about as much as they wanted to eat poop, so the industry redirected its efforts toward making it into animal feed. But years and years of USDA studies proved that there are limits to how much soy you can stuff into a cow, pig or chicken before it gets sick, gives birth to young with severe defects, or even drops dead before it’s fat enough for slaughter. (Soy’s side effect of fattening is appreciated, of course, until it causes an animal to drop dead before its time – especially if the animal happens to wear clothes and speak English.) The problem for the soy industry was that even when animals eat all they can take, there’s plenty of soy protein left over. That gave them the choice of either feeding it to the local landfill or finding a way to feed it to people. Given that option No. 1 costs money and option No. 2 makes money, guess which one won out?
I was shocked to discover that this waste product is being fed to you and me … illegally. You read that right. It’s against the law! Soy protein isolate has never received GRAS status from the U.S. government.2,3 GRAS means “Generally Recognized as Safe,” and the law clearly states that ingredients that weren’t in the food supply before 1958 must undergo safety testing.4
Soy protein isolate was rarely in the food supply back then, though it was in general use – as a binder and sealer in cardboard packages. In fact, that’s exactly what it was invented for!5-8
In 1979, a committee of top scientists came together at the behest of the government to investigate the safety issues involved in the manufacture of soy protein isolate. The concerns centered on the dangerous residues created during processing, carcinogens like nitrosamine and other toxins. The committee found the concern to be valid. It recommended establishing acceptable levels to “avoid future problems” and urged ongoing, close monitoring of those levels.9-12 These actions have never been taken.
In their wildest imaginings, that 1979 committee couldn’t have foreseen soy protein isolate as a big part of the U.S. food supply. Their concern was not about soy protein isolate IN the package, but minuscule amounts flaking OFF OF the package into your food! They considered 150 milligrams a day to be the maximum amount they could safely allow.13 Twenty years later, our beloved FDA approved a health claim for 25 grams a day of soy protein – 166 times more!14 How could they come up with a bizarre position like that? My guess: They were out in back smoking GRAS that day.
Today, soy protein isolate is a key ingredient in most of the foods that are processed or packaged. Most shocking of all is that it’s given to vulnerable little babies as an ingredient in soy formula, though it’s never been proven safe. Never. Top FDA toxicologists have warned about this to no avail,15 and foreign governments have told their citizens that soy infant formula should not be used except as a last resort.16-18. Yet here in the enlightened U.S., parents still don’t understand, their pediatricians don’t know, government watchdogs don’t care, and soy spokesmen don’t talk about it.
Is this ethical? You tell me. Babies are being experimented on without the consent of parents. Curiously, it’s the 1930s experiments on babies that are now considered unethical and inhumane. Back then, infants were taken from their parents for days at a time and strapped onto beds with their buttocks positioned over a hole so that scientists could easily catch and measure everything that came out.19 Babies in today’s experiments are fed a non-GRAS soy nightmare by loving parents who don’t know any better, parents who’ve purposely been kept in the dark by the corrupt FDA and the giant soy/infant formula industry.
One final, shocking fact about soy: The same FDA that approved a health claim for this non-GRAS substance – and thinks soy baby food is just fine – keeps a Poisonous Plant Database. Guess what “health food” appears nearly 300 times? Yup, soy. It’s classified as a poison because of longstanding, incontrovertible evidence that it contributes to malnutrition, poor growth, protein deficiencies, mineral malabsorption, thyroid problems, reproductive disorders, birth defects, sexual abnormalities, cancer and on and on nearly 300 times.20,21
When I discovered all this a couple of months ago, I went to my kitchen and yanked everything out of the shelves and the fridge that said “soy” on it. You, dear reader, can do anything you want. It’s a free country, as we used to say long ago.
But if you’re interested, I’m compiling all this (and more) into a book, which could be finished and in bookstores and the WorldNetDaily store in six or eight months.
The title: “Death by Soy.”
Next week: The incipient implosion of Islam
- Daniel, Kaayla T. “The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America’s Favorite Health Food” (New Trends, 2005) 23, 91
- Daniel. 122-124, 139, 141.
- GRAS Status of Soy. www.soyonlineservice.co.nz/02GRAS.htm
- GRAS – FAQs. www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/grasguid.html#Q8
- Life Sciences Research Office, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology for the Bureau of Foods Food and Drug Administration, Evaluation of the health aspects of soy protein isolates as food ingredients, 1979. Contract # FDA 223-75-2004.
- Daniel, op cit.
- GRAS Status of Soy, op cit.
- So What is Soy Protein Good For? www.soyonlineservice.co.nz/06safety.htm
- Life Sciences op cit.
- Daniel, op cit.
- GRAS Status of Soy, op cit.
- So What is Soy Protein Good For? op cit.
- Life Sciences op cit.
- Food and Drug Administration, Final Rule. Food Labeling: Health Claims: Soy Protein and Coronary Heart Disease, Federal Register 64F#57699, October 26, 1999.
- Proposed soy protein CHD health claim criticized by FDA’s toxicology center. www.soyonlineservice.co.nz/articles/FLNN01.htm
- Siegel-Itzkovich J. Health committee warns of potential dangers of soya. BMJ, 2005, July 30, 331, 7511, 254.
- Press Release, AFSSA (Agence Francaise de Securite Sanitaire des Aliments [French Food Safety Agency]), March 9, 2005,Translation available online at www.soyonlineservice.co.nz
- British Dietetic Association. Paediatric group position statement on the use of soya protein for infants. J Fam Health Care, 2003, 13, 4, 93.
- Daniel, 31.