Yesterday I realized I am being slow poisoned. I was casually surfing the news channels, when one in particular caught my attention. I watched the screen, bewildered, as the reporter of a reputed News channel angrily lambasted...er.. the system (I think).... for allowing us to ingest poisonous vegetables that have been injected with cancer causing oxytocin.
He had my utmost attention as he reported about vegetables grown in my area vicinity. He interviewed farmers, with faces covered, who casually justified why they were forced to inject the banned chemical oxytocin, easily available at the local chemist, in fruits and vegetables.
In short about oxytocin, it is a chemical hormone that is banned as it causes unnatural changes in the living cell DNA. It induces cellular changes causing, in children and adults, various cancers, impotency, infertility, liver poisoning, kidney damage, etc. (for more click)
Various channels have been repeating such sensationalizing news items regularly in the last 8 years or so, but there is never a follow up or any action taken. Neither is there a solution to this problem as we are unable to distinguish between the normal and the poisoned ones.
As a precaution against this, it is suggested by guest experts to wash the veges well; but if the chemical is contained in the flesh, then how effective is washing at all...
I wonder if this news item serves any purpose other than just creating panic. A person confesses to using banned substance, that kills, on the national TV and gets away with it?
No authority is questioned, no action has been taken, no debates are held on this important issue ... just 2 days ago, there was a debate on 2 national channels about a divorce granted on grounds cruelty where husband didn't allow the wife to wear jeans. Is this not a cruelty of the worst kind.
This kind of news reporting is just time slot filling by 24x7 news channels to help raise TRPs just like the soap serials.
And where does this leave us: the general public?
It's time the socially responsible channels took the next step up by raising questions to the concerned authority, and taking other concrete steps to enforce the ban such chemicals.