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El Gato Negro - The New Menu

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I may have set a world record for longest menu, which probably doesn't surprise anyone that knows me.  There are 12 pages of food, several pages of superfoods and health information, the FAQ and several pages of random book notes before getting to my list of favorite books.   Each time I edit it, I add pages. 

You can see my 36-page menu in PDF format here:   Download El gato negro menu

The menu goes into effect Wednesday morning.

You can see photos pf my store here, though it hasn't been updated for a while.  We have a Facebook page thanks to Rob, but it's his domainand he is bad about putting up photos.

The menu covers are homemade, abstract collage creations.  This batch was not quite as interesting as the last menus, which included the sex menu cover: a collage of a brochure from The Vagina Monologues and The Dysfunctional Family Doll Set with cross-drssing dad, S&M mom and the psychiatrist in the pink rabbit suit.  I have a twisted sense of humor.

Despite the uniqueness and intricacy of some of the menu covers, most people don't notice them.  Or they notice them they are falling apart becasue we haven't updated the menu and prices in more than two years and  it's costing us money on any item with blueberries.  But in good condition many people never noticed that they were holding the sex menu cover, Playboy centerfold and all.  

I am also working on coffee bag labels and because I have to be different, I am using several different cats and mixing them with vibrant labels, of which there will be almost limitless color combinations. On top of the labels. I am creating 5x6 postcards and two sizes of stickers.  I like that I can sell my art in my store!

Off to the printers tomorrow.  Here are a few more of my images:


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Some U.S. farmers now feeding their cattle gummy worms, marshmallows, and ice cream sprinkles in response to skyrocketing feed costs

via Natural News

The cost of genetically-modified (GM) corn and soy feed for conventional cattle is surging so high, and availability plunging so low, as a result of persistent drought conditions and resultant crop failures that conventional feedlot farmers are having to seek out less expensive and more plentiful alternatives. But such alternatives are not exactly the types of things you would typically expect a farmer to feed his animals: corn syrup-laden gummy worms, nutrient-devoid marshmallows, and chemical-laden ice cream sprinkles are among the many junk foods now being served to American cattle.

The Vancouver Sun reports via Reuters that a whole new "alternative" feed market is emerging out of the ongoing crop crunch, as farmers all across the U.S. are running out of common feed options for their herds. Because corn-based feeds are now too expensive or simply unavailable, feedlot operators in Indiana, North Dakota, and elsewhere are buying leftover candy scraps, pastries, extruded cereals, gummy snacks, and even food waste to feed to their cows, which end up directly fueling the production of conventional meat and dairy products sold nationwide to American consumers.

"Brokers are gathering up discarded food products and putting them out for the highest bid to feed lot operators and dairy producers, who are scrambling to keep their animals fed," says Reuters. "In the mix are cookies, gummy worms, marshmallows, fruit loops, orange peels, even dried cranberries. Cattlemen are feeding virtually anything they can get their hands on that will replace the starchy sugar content traditionally delivered to the animals through corn."

What this means, of course, is that those standardized cartons of pasteurized, homogenized milk in the dairy case and those attractive-looking cuts of meat at the butcher counter are actually the worst kinds of junk food disguised as supposedly wholesome nutrition. If the phrase "you are what you eat" holds any real merit, then consumers might as well just skip buying conventional meat and dairy altogether and have some cake or an ice cream sundae for dinner instead, since this is what American cattle are now eating.

What happened to good, old-fashioned grazing on natural grass pastures?

At the same time, it is somehow not all that surprising that even animals in America are now being forced to eat junk foods rather than the fresh grass, silage, and other natural foods they were designed to eat. American consumers, after all, have been shoveling these unnatural poisons down their throats for many decades now, so why should the animals get anything different?

As if being forced to eat loads of GM corn and soy for subsistence was not bad enough, American cattle are now being forced to eat things like candy corn and Oreos, both of which, ironically, are made from all sorts of processed GM corn and soy byproducts. But what is even more pathetic than this is the fact that the struggling American farmers who have resorted to this travesty of animal husbandry have not even considered trying to pasture their animals.

Cows are ruminant animals, which means their digestive systems were designed to eat grass and other plant-based foods, not fruit snacks and cream pies. So if corn and soy feed prices are too high -- cows were not meant to eat these grains either, by the way -- then why not try pasturing the animals instead? Not only do grass-fed animals produce high-quality, nutrient-dense meat and dairy, but grass tends to be a self-sustaining food that, last time we checked, is essentially free. Pasture-based animal husbandry also enriches the land and promotes healthy environmental stewardship.

McDonald's Milkshakes contain more vegetable oil than milk

via NaturalNews

McDonald's forced to disclose all chemical ingredients on food sold in Russia

A Russian consumer rights' group recently filed a lawsuit against McDonald's at Moscow's Tverskoy Court. The consumer groups involved in the suit say that McDonald's milkshakes are falsely named because they contain little milk.

McDonald's shakes don't deserve to be called milkshakes

Analysis of milkshakes sold at McDonald's outlets in Russia revealed the beverages contained more vegetable oil than dairy product. Experts at the Institute of Laboratory of Nutrition, say that by Russian law these drinks can be called "milk-containing" but cannot be labeled as "milk". Consumer rights advocate Mikhail Anshakov, says that the "McMilkshake" is falsely named, "They do not list the ingredients of their products which is a strict requirement for organizations of the type they are registered as in Russia. Moreover, their products contain excessive amounts of several ingredients, which is why the product name is insufficient."

Representatives of the Consumer Rights Protection Society (CRPS) charge that by "concealing the content" of its products McDonald's misleads consumers. "You might be able to get away with this type of fraud in America, but not Russia" said Yogi Protovokov of Moscow. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit do not seek any money from McDonald's, but want the company to redesign the packaging of their products to reveal the ingredients in its menu items, rather than simply listing the calories, protein, fat and carbohydrates. Altering product packaging would entail a multi-million dollar expense to the fast food purveyor.

Taxes and ingredient lists

The current lawsuit hinges in part on another Russian court ruling last year. McDonald's won its case against the Moscow territorial division of the Federal Tax Service. That case concluded with a judge determining that McDonald's in Russia is not a restaurant but company which sells food products as a store. The result of the suit seemed favorable to McDonalds at the time, resulting in a 10 percent rather than 18 percent Value Added Tax.

However, by Russian law, a store which sells food products which it also manufactures must provide accurate information regarding the ingredients in its food, as well as any biologically active supplements and the presence of the GMOs, as well as the date and place of the food's manufacturing. Russian law also stipulates that a food store must provide information on the product packaging about the potential effects of its food for people with conditions and certain diseases.

Consumer watchdog groups in Russia say McDonald's wants to have it both ways, gaining the tax benefits of being classified as a store, while not fulfilling the obligations such a status incurs according to Russian law. The CPRS website explained the need for the suit, saying "The McDonald's restaurant chain deliberately violates the Russian consumer rights legislation, profiting twice from the privileged situation created by Moscow's Arbitration Court decision."

McDonald's representatives claim not to have received notice of the lawsuit and it was also absent in the court's database, according to an official statement sent to The Moscow News. But personnel at the Tverskoi court confirmed to the Russian business newspaperVedomostithat the lawsuit has been filed. Some Russian legal experts say it will be difficult for the consumer group to win its case against McDonald's, pointing out that the milkshakes in question are produced using a technology certified by the Russian branch of Europe's biggest milk product manufacturer Ehrmann.

The new lawsuit comes on the heels of a year of both expansion and litigation for McDonald's in Russia, where it has operated since 1990. In 2011, the company opened 40 new restaurants in Russia. They also faced lawsuits from customers. In one case, a man who won $50 damages plus the cost of his sandwich after getting food poisoning from consuming a Big Mac. In another suit, in which a St. Petersburg man received $3,500 to cover dental expenses for the broken tooth he got when the salad he ordered at McDonald's contained a stone.

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Japan Nuclear Iodine Radiation In San Francisco Milk Over 2600% Above EPA Drinking Water Limit

Japan Nuclear Iodine Radiation In San Francisco Milk Over 2600% Above EPA Drinking Water Limit

written and researched by Alexander Higgins - April 23, 2011 via Alexander Higgins Blog

Radioactive Iodine In San Francisco Pasteurized Milk Samples Over 1033 Percent Above EPA Limit

Japan nuclear iodine radiation in San Francisco  raw milk detected at 2600% EPA drinking water limits and in store bought milk 1045% above EPA limits by the latest University of Berkeley radiation tests. The UCB also claimed that all radiation levels in the milk were  starting to level off while the data shows a sharp increase in cesium radiation in their milk samples after their statement.

The latest UCB radiation test show two raw milk samples collected before pasteurization and homogenization contained 2.9 Bq/L and 1.49 Bq/L of radioactive iodine.

Radioactive Iodine In San Francisco Raw Milk Samples Over 2600 Percent Above EPA Limit

Radioactive Iodine In San Francisco Raw Milk Samples Over 2600 Percent Above EPA Limit

 Iodine Radiation In Raw Milk Sample 2612% Above EPA Limit

Conversion of the Radiation In The UCB Raw Milk Samples To EPA Limits.

Bq/LpCi/lEPA Limit% Above EPA Limit
2.9 Bq/L 78.378378378 3 pCi/l 2612% Above EPA Limit
1.49 Bq/L 40.27027027 3 pCi/l 1342% Above EPA Limit

Iodine Radiation In New Pasteurized Milk Samples 1045% Above EPA Limits

Radioactive Iodine In San Francisco Pasteurized Milk Samples Over 1045 Percent Above EPA Limit

Radioactive Iodine In San Francisco Pasteurized Milk Samples Over 1045 Percent Above EPA Limit


Conversion of Levels Of Iodine Radiation In The UCB Pasteurized Milk Samples To EPA Limits.

Best By DateBq/LpCi/lEPA Limit% Above EPA Limit
03/25/2011 n/a 3 pCi/l
04/04/2011 0.55 Bq/L 14.864864865 3 pCi/l 495% Above EPA Limit
04/08/2011 0.23 Bq/L 6.216216216 3 pCi/l 207% Above EPA Limit
04/11/2011 0.57 Bq/L 15.405405405 3 pCi/l 513% Above EPA Limit
04/14/2011 0.56 Bq/L 15.135135135 3 pCi/l 504% Above EPA Limit
04/16/2011 0.45 Bq/L 12.162162162 3 pCi/l 405% Above EPA Limit
04/18/2011 0.82 Bq/L 22.162162162 3 pCi/l 738% Above EPA Limit
04/21/2011 1.16 Bq/L 31.351351351 3 pCi/l 1045% Above EPA Limit
04/28/2011 0.49 Bq/L 13.243243243 3 pCi/l 441% Above EPA Limit
04/28/2011 0.49 Bq/L 13.243243243 3 pCi/l 441% Above EPA Limit

UCB Says Radiation Levels Are Leveling Off As Cesium In Milk Spikes

The results monitoring page seems to downplaying everything and some statements are outright misleading.

For example the UCB page states that store-bought milk levels of I-131, Cs-134 and Cs-137 are leveling off.

UCB Says Cesium Radiation In San Francisco Milk Is Leveling Off As Cesium Levels Jump Over 200 Percent

UCB Says Cesium Radiation In San Francisco Milk Is Leveling Off As Cesium Levels Jump Over 200 Percent

The statement was made on the 19th referring to the 18th milk sample which was at 82 Bq/l or 738% above the EPA limit for Japan nuclear iodine Radiation. That sample was almost double the previous sample of 0.45 Bq/L or 405% above the EPA Limit.

So is that leveling off? Or how about the next Iodine radiation sample which came in at 1.16 Bq/L at 1045% above the EPA limit?

Meanwhile as the charts show below the levels of Cesium nuclear radiation being detected in the store bought milk also continued to spike after the April 19th statement that the levels were leveling off.

But Are They Really? 

Cesium Radiation Levels In San Francisco Store Bought Milk

Cesium Radiation Levels In San Francisco Store Bought Milk 

Vegan parents charged in death of baby raised on mother's milk; facing 30 years in prison

In the latest outrage of the global "vegan police" striking out against those who follow a healthy diet, a couple in France is now facing up to 30 years in prison because they refused to feed their baby junk infant formula and instead breastfed her. The baby died at 11 months of age, and when ambulance workers arrived and found the baby dead, instead of consoling the parents,they called the police. Why? Because the parents were vegans.

And because the parents were vegans, an autopsy was performed that found thebabywas deficient in vitamin A and vitamin B12, which the deputy prosecutor claimed could have been related to thevegan dietof the parents. The couple has now been charged with "fooddeprivation followed bydeath" and faces up to 30 years in prison.
Feed 'em more Happy Meals, they say
Just so you're getting all this straight, keep in mind that if theambulancehad shown up and found a dead baby in afamilywhose cupboards were stuffed full ofjunk foodand fast food -- sugary cereals, McDonald's food wrappers, frozen pizza, ice cream anddonuts-- that would not have seemed suspicious at all. You could have a baby die with a half-eatenbacondouble cheeseburger in its hand and that wouldn't even raise an eyebrow. It is only the fact that theparentswere vegans that the police were called.

And what's this business about performing an autopsy to determine if the baby was deficient in importantnutrients? Do you realize that90 percent of thebabiesin France and Americaare severely deficient in at least one other crucial nutrient such as vitamin D, magnesium or zinc?

If having a vitamin-deficient baby is acrime, then virtually all the parents who consume mainstreamprocessed fooddiets are criminals. But of course, prosecutors never demand autopsies for the dead babies of parents who eat processedjunk foods. That's considered "normal." Only thevegandiet is considered "dangerous" even thoughvegansactually go to great lengths to protect thehealthand safety of theirchildren.

Watch out, vegans: They're coming for you

Vegan children, for example, are not obese ordiabetic. They don't die ofcancerat age 7, either. Yet all this is increasingly common among children whose parents feed themcheese, bacon and pork sausage. Butraisingan obese, overweight child onanimal productsisn't considered a crime, you see: Only feeding achildraw fruits and vegetables is criminal!

Beware, vegans: They really are out to get you. I've heard of numerous cases of parents having their children taken away by Child Protective Services in the United States solely because they pursued a vegandiet. Remember, the State is tyrannical. Always has been and always will be. The State believes that if you don't conform to the cancer-causing junk food diet that's advertised on television, then there's something "weird" about you, and there's probably something wrong with your baby, too. They will call the police and have you investigated. They will take away your child and throw you in prison. This is what's happening now in case after case around the world.

So what to do? Well, for one thing, if you are on a vegan diet,don't forget the B-12 and the omega-3 oils-- two nutrients that do tend to be very low in many who pursue vegandiets. A vegan diet requires a lot of nutritional monitoring to make sure you don't leave out a few things.

Just as importantly, be prepared tofight the Statefor your right to raise your baby on breastmilk. The State, you see, is utterly corrupted by corporate interests. And it believes you're supposed to be feeding your baby processed "junk"infant formulamade by powerful corporations. That infant formula, of course, contains cow's milkproteinsand soy proteins extracted with thetoxicsolventhexane. Even the DHA in many infant formulaproductsis essentially "synthetic." Just remember: This is the stuff the State wants you to feed your baby.

ACTION ITEM:Never admit to state authorities that you are raising your baby on a vegan diet. This immediately raises suspicion among the state child protective enforcement morons who have zero nutritional knowledge and probably still run their own fundraisers by selling donuts to families. If asked, just tell 'em you feed your baby a "balanced" diet that includes a little bit ofmeat, a bit of cheese, and so on.

What? Am I suggesting youlieto Child Protective Services? Of course I am! Telling these people the truth -- that you follow a strict, plant-based diet that's rich in raw nutrients -- could get your children kidnapped and taken away while you're thrown in prison for 30 years. There are times when lying to the State is absolutely necessary to protect your family, and this is clearly one of those times.

And remember this: The state doesn't check all theotherdead babies for their nutritional deficiencies, do they? They only check the babies of parents who say they're vegans. If they actually autopsied the other babies and children who died of cancer, for example, they'd probably find their bodies full of toxic chemical additives from processedfoodsand meats (sodium nitrite). They'd probably find evidence of damage from aspartame or MSG, too. But they're not interested in any of that. Kids who die after eating processed junk foods are "normal." It's only thekidswho die while on a vegan diet that raise suspicion.

Be a good little consumer and feed your baby more crap food

The reason for that suspicion is obvious, isn't it? Parents who are vegansare not participating in the processed food economythat not only drives the modern foodindustrybut also the entire medical industry! Big Pharma depends on you raising your child on toxic chemicals in order to create a new long-term patient who will need drugs and surgery. By opting out of that whole system of toxic living, you are basically giving the finger to the food anddrugindustries. They don't like that. That's when the police show up at your doorstep and charge you with a crime.

Yep, that's how totally insane our world has become: Breastfeeding a baby while on a vegan diet is now a crime punishable by 30 years in prison, while feeding a baby processed junk infant formula and chemically-adulterated meat and animal products is perfectly acceptable. This is true in France just as it's true in the UK or theUSA. Junk foods and processed animal products are now so widely consumed that avoiding them makes you look "weird."

So if you're a vegan parent, be prepared to defend yourself against the tyrannical State that practically forces you to raise your child on a "death diet" loaded with junk foods and processed animal products. That's "normal," didn't ya know? Because today, it's "normal" to see anobese, diabetic 16-year-old heart disease patient in the hospital. Those are the kids raised on the "approved" diets preferred by Child Protective Services and law enforcement.

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Famine Killed 7 Million People in the USA

The powers that be want us to believe that there are too many humans and not enough resources to feed 6 billion people.  While they scare us with global warming and imminent food shortages, it's not really true.  There is no reason for any person on this planet to starve, particularly in these days of global trade.  The globalists want to reduce the population, and in the process scoop up all the resources of the poor for pennies on the dollar.  It's nothing new.  Seven million Americans died of famine in a country with an abundance of land and and abundance of greedy businessmen and bankers.

Famine Killed 7 Million People in the USA 

by Dmitry Lyskov 

Translated by Dmitry Sudakov

Another online scandal has been gathering pace recently. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, deleted an article by a Russian researcher, who wrote about the USA’s losses in the Great Depression of 1932-1933. Indignant bloggers began to actively distribute the article on the Russian part of a popular blog service known as Livejournal. The above-mentioned article triggered a heated debate.

The researcher touched upon quite a hot topic in the article – the estimation of the number of victims of the Great Depression in the USA. The material presented in the article apparently made Wikipedia’s moderators delete the piece from the database of the online encyclopedia.

The researcher, Boris Borisov, in his article titled “The American Famine” estimated the victims of the financial crisis in the US at over seven million people. The researcher also directly compared the US events of 1932-1933 with Holodomor, or Famine, in the USSR during 1932-1933.

In the article, Borisov used the official data of the US Census Bureau. Having revised the number of the US population, birth and date rates, immigration and emigration, the researcher came to conclusion that the United States lost over seven million people during the famine of 1932-1933.

“According to the US statistics, the US lost not less than 8 million 553 thousand people from 1931 to 1940. Afterwards, population growth indices change twice instantly exactly between 1930-1931: the indices drop and stay on the same level for ten years. There can no explanation to this phenomenon found in the extensive text of the report by the US Department of Commerce “Statistical Abstract of the United States,” the author wrote.

The researcher points out the movement of population at this point: “A lot more people left the country than arrived during the 1930s – the difference is estimated at 93,309 people, whereas 2.960,782 people arrived in the country a decade earlier. Well, let’s correct the number of total demographic losses in the USA during the 1930s by 3,054 people.”

Analyzing the period of the Great Depression in the USA, the author notes a remarkable similarity with events taking place in the USSR during the 1930s. He even introduced a new term for the USA – defarming – an analogue to dispossession of wealthy farmers in the Soviet Union. “Few people know about five million American farmers (about a million families) whom banks ousted from them lands because of debts. The US government did not provide them with land, work, social aid, pension – nothing,” the article says.

“Every sixth American farmer was affected by famine. People were forced to leave their homes and go to nowhere without any money and any property. They found themselves in the middle of nowhere enveloped in massive unemployment, famine and gangsterism.”

The then state of affairs in the US society can be seen in Peter Jackson’s movie King Kong. The movie starts with scenes of the Great Depression and tells the story of an actress who did not eat for three days and tried to steal an apple from a street vendor. There is food in the city, but many people had no money to buy it in unemployment-paralyzed New York. People starve in the streets against the background of stores selling a variety of foodstuffs.

At the same time, the US government tried to get rid of redundant foodstuffs, which vendors could not sell. Market rules were observed strictly: unsold goods should always be categorized as redundant and they could not be given away to the poor because it could cause damage to businesses. A variety of methods was used to destroy redundant food. They burnt crops, drowned them in the ocean or plowed 10 million hectares of harvesting fields. “About 6.5 million pigs were killed at that time,” the researcher wrote.

The consequences of those policies were predictable, the author of the article wrote. “Here is what a child recollected about those years: “We changed our usual food for something for available. We used to eat bush leaves instead of cabbage. We ate frogs too. My mother and my older sister died during a year.” (Jack Griffin).”

So-called public works introduced by President Roosevelt became a salvation for a huge number of jobless and landless Americans. However, the salvation was only a phantom, Boris Borisov wrote. The works conducted under the aegis of the Public Works Administration and the Civil Works Administration were about building channels, roads or bridges in remote, wild and dangerous territories. Up to 3.3 million people were involved in those works at a time, whereas the total number of people amounted to 8.5 million, not to count prisoners.

“Conditions and death rate at those works are to be studied separately. A member of public works would make $30, and pay $25 of taxes from this amount. So a person could make only $5 for a month of hard work in malarial swamps.”

The conditions, under which people were working for food, could be compared to Stalin’s GULAG camp.

“The Public Works Administration (PWA) bore a striking resemblance to GULAG. The PWA was chaired by “American Beria,” the Secretary of Interior Affairs, Harold Ickes, who threw about two million people into camps for the unemployed youth,” Borisov wrote. “Harold LeClair Ickes (1874–1952) later interned USA’s ethnic Japanese in concentration camps. The first stage of the operation took only 72 hours (1941-1942).

“In 1940, the US population was supposed to make up at least 141.856 million people upon the preservation of previous demographic trends. As a matter of fact, the USA had the 131.409-strong population in 1940, of which only 3.054 million can be explained with changes in migration dynamics. Thus, 7.394,000 people simply do not exist as of 1940. There are no official arguments to explain the phenomenon,” Boris Borisov wrote.

It is worthy of note that modern-day Russian patriotic historians reject methods of research based on the general estimation of demographic losses. They believe that demographic processes are not linear and depend on a number of factors. Such historians think that victims of communism estimations made on the base of demographic research works by Stephan Kurt and Richard Pipes, which George Bush and Helen Bonner announced at the opening of Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in Washington, are false.

On the other hand, these methods are widely used in contemporary science of history. Ukrainian historian Stanislav Kulchitsky used the method to calculate the number of victims of the Ukrainian Holodomor (famine), which was subsequently officially recognized. Parliaments of eleven countries that recognized Holodomor use those numbers in their research works. To crown it all, the US Congress and the European Union also use Kulchitsky’s numbers considering the problem.

'Secretive' Chemicals Being Hidden in Food Under 'Artificial Flavors' Label

'Secretive' Chemicals Being Hidden in Food Under 'Artificial Flavors' Label
by Jennifer McKinley

(NaturalNews) You Thought MSG Was Bad? At least they admit that it's in there... well, mostly. Have you picked up a can of soup lately and noticed that the sodium levels are lower? Seen a label that said, "No MSG"? How about realizing that there is less sugar on the label of your favorite ice cream? Believe it or not, this is cause for concern.

This article has been especially hard to compose. "Why?", you may ask. There is simply not much information to be found on the subject. It has taken weeks of internet research to uncover the smidgeon of information that has been acquired.

A relatively young company, Senomyx, may be responsible for the sodium and sugar levels falling in your favorite grocery store item. How are they doing this without affecting the taste? The truth is, they may be putting chemicals into your food right now without you even realizing it and without telling you.

And guess what? They don't have to.

Senomyx has contracted with Kraft, Nestle, Coca Cola, Campbell Soup to put a chemical in foods that masks bitter flavors by turning off bitter flavor receptors on the tongue and enhancing salty and sweet flavors. This would allow the companies to tout claims such as "less sugar" or "lower sodium" by reducing the actual sugar and/or salt by approximately half, but the foods will retain the same level of sweetness or saltiness when they touch the tongue by fooling your brain.

All of the companies, although admitting the exclusive contracting rights, decline to identify which foods and beverages the chemical additives have been or will be added to.

These chemical compounds are not required to be listed separately on food labels. On the contrary, they will be lobbed under the umbrella of "artificial flavors" which is already found on most food labels.

The foods that seem to be most in jeopardy of an insurrection of these new chemicals: soups, juices (fruit and vegetable), ice cream, and sauces.

"We are helping companies clean up their labels," said Kent Snyder, chief executive of Senomyx.

Mark Zoller, Senomyx's chief scientist, says that his company has used the human genome sequence and identified hundreds of taste receptors. Senomyx's chemical compounds enhance those receptors to heighten the taste of salt or sugar. Under this premise, they go on to claim that their newly added chemicals are completely safe because they will be used in tiny quantities of less than one part per million whereas artificial sweeteners are used in 200-500 parts per million. This fact alone allows them to forgo the rigorous FDA approval process when introducing new food additives into the marketplace. Attaining the status of GRAS (generally recognized as safe) from the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association for their most advanced product that replaces MSG, took this fledgling company less than an 18 month time frame by introducing a safety study of rats conducted for 3 months.

Executive Director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Michael Jacobson, commended Senomyx's strides to reduce MSG, salt, and sugar but warned against introducing a new chemical additive into the food supply without strenuous testing. "A three-month study is completely inadequate," he said. "What you want is at least a two-year study on several species of animals."

After pouring a total of 30 million dollars into research and development, the companies that have invested into Senomyx's products have been secretive, to say the least, about their involvement within the company. Some, like Kraft, have declined to divulge any specifics regarding their relationship with Senomyx but instead stated that Kraft was committed "to reducing the sugar and salt levels in many products."

Nestle and Coca Cola declined to comment. I think silence says it all.







Something New to Swallow

The latest culinary trend?  From the kitchens of the country that made the deadly Puffership a menu staple, here comes a new form of haute cuisine - fish sperm.

Santoro Japanese Restaurant sushi chef Chong Y K said fish sperm is an acquired taste, not something many people take to very well after their first bite. Still, he recommends eating it raw.

This creamy-white delicacy melts in your mouth and is practically tasteless, save for a tinge of bitterness.

Hey, girls, mmm, protein!  And no calories!  If I had more caffeine in me, I could probably come up with some zingers, but it's late and I am depressed that the Astro's blew their lead to the Cardinals.  (At least the Red Sox kicked ass and beat those loser Yankees in Yankee stadium!  Yeah!  Now back to our regularly scheduled rant about fish semen.)  Since the prose is lackluster, I'll leave you with this image to ponder:

Fishsperm_1Intrigued by this new delicacy?  Click here to read of more about Japan's haute cuisine.  Bats, lizards, goat brains (tastes line tofu), or for the true connoisseur, goat veins.