Walking ironmongers


The bionic man is arriving. The metals that we eat are turning us into walking ironmongers. The following list gives some metals contained in products that we eat every day, metals like Titanium, Cobalt, Silver. You just need to know. Just like they do for cigarettes, it’d be OK to add a label with the words: “Watch Out: glass inside”, or Lead, Bismuth and Barium Sulphate can produce side effects.”

The list:
Pandoro Motta: Aluminium, Silver
Tiny Rold Gold Snacks (USA): Iron, Chromium, Nickel (that is steel), Aluminium
Offelle Bistefani Biscuits: Osmium, Iron, Zinc, Zirconium, Silicon-Titanium
Galletti Barilla: Titanium, Iron, Tungsten
Macine Barilla: Titanium
Granetti Barilla: Iron, Chromium
Nastrine Barilla: Iron
Plum cake allo yogurt Giorietto Biscotti: Iron. Chromium
Ringo Pavesi: Iron, Chromium, Silicon, Aluminium, Titanium
Pane carasau (I Granai di Qui Sardegna): Iron, Chromium
Pane ciabatta Esselunga: Lead, Bismuth, Aluminium
Pane morbido a fette Barilla: Lead, Bismuth, Aluminium
Paneangeli Cameo: Aluminium, Silicon
Pane Panem: Iron, Nickel, Cobalt, Aluminium, Lead, Bismuth, Manganese
Cornetto Sanson (cialda): Iron, Chromium e Nickel (cioè acciaio)
Biscotto Marachella Sanson: Silicon, Iron
Omogeneizzato Manzo Plasmon: Silicon, Aluminium
Omogeneizzato Vitello e Prosciutto Plasmon: Iron, Barium Sulphate, Strontium, Iron-Chromium, Titanium
Cacao in polvere Lindt: Iron, Chromium, Nickel
Tortellini Fini: Iron, Chromium
Hamburger McDonald’s: Silver
Mozzarella Granarolo: Iron, Chromium, Nickel
Chewing gum Daygum Microtech Perfetti: Silicon (that is: glass)
Integratore Formula 1 (pasto sostitutivo) Herbalife: Iron, Titanium
Integratore Formula 2 Herbalife: Iron, Chromium

The metals listed above are all in the form of particles measured in nano and micro metres. (nano= from a thousand millionth to a ten millionth of a metre, micro= from a millionth to a hundred thousandth of a metre) None of these polluting particles is biodegradable and so they stay where they are forever. Where they are is human tissue.

I ask these companies, if they’d like to, to give an explanation. I’ll publish it on the Blog.

Posted by Beppe Grillo at 09:42 PM in | Comments (4)
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Since I’ve received one of those e-mail that are sent around to thousand people, and the e-mail was kind of asking us to boycott those products you listed above, I was just browsing your blog looking for the original text… and I found it!But... one thing is missing! I totally agree with the previous comment: as a scientist, I would really like to know name and surname (as you ask our name and surname to write here!) of those guys did the analyses (I guess they are scientists too!!), and if something has been published, please, release the references. Thank you! take… how to say.. “care”?

Posted by: giovanni dal corso | July 5, 2007 08:43 AM

Dear Beppe Grillo,

as a scientist myself, I am really curious to learn more about the purposes for which such metal nanoparticles are used by food industry, and if the same purposes might be achieved using different materials. I will try a search through the relevant literature...

Meanwhile, I kindly ask you: What scientific sources of information did you consult when posting this useful piece of information? Thanks a lot.

Good work,

Posted by: Matteo Broccio | December 12, 2005 06:16 PM

In an approximative English:
- Make a list of the safe products. So, if we would make serious boycott, we'd know what to buy.
- Always mention the sources of the data you provide. So, even if you don't say it (because it don't make news?), your readers could get informed on how, why and HOW MUCH their food is polluted.. and eventually they could decide whether or not to make such a boycott

In italian:
See the italian post comments

Posted by: Dario Bignoli | December 9, 2005 04:14 PM

This is interesting. For me, among several stuff I'm interested in blogs that talk on transparency, microeconomics models versus
a sustainable downshifting model that big corporation will have to take soon or later. I believe that modeling starts on the ground, day to day exchange with our environment, at all level.

Posted by: Daniel Laframboise | December 8, 2005 11:21 PM

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