BOMBSHELL Study: California Plastic Bag Ban Created 46% INCREASE in Death By Food Borne Illness
The U of Pennsylvania and George Mason U did a cooperative study on the public-health impact of plastic bag bans and found a startling result!
They estimate that the original San Francisco plastic bag ban caused at LEAST a 46 percent increase in deaths from food borne illness each year.
In another study, the International Association for Food Protection found that 51 percent of reusable bags contained coliform bacteria.
“The problem appears to be the habits of the re-users. 75 percent said they keep meat and vegetables in the same bag. When bags were stored in hot car trunks for two hours, the bacteria grew tenfold.”
The health risks of this plastic bag ban is just the worst of the ramifications of the plastic bag ban that California has made state wide.
The “problem” of the plastic bag is much more complicated than a ban promises to “solve.” A plastic bag ban is not environmentally benign, and reusable bags are not the perfect panacea that they are purported to be. But we will get to that in a bit!
NBC reports one incident where a reusable bag caused an outbreak of norovirus-induced diarrhea and vomiting that struck nine members of a girls soccer team. This is more than mere anecdote.:
Oregon public health officials have traced a nasty outbreak of norovirus infections in a group of soccer players to an unlikely source: a reusable grocery bag contaminated with what some experts are calling “the perfect pathogens.”
The incident is raising questions, once again, about the cleanliness of the portable shopping bags that many consumers use to avoid the paper vs. plastic impact on the environment.
“We wash our clothes when they’re dirty; we should wash our bags, too,” said Kimberly K. Repp, an epidemiologist with the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services in Hillsboro, Ore. Her work is published this week in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.
Repp was an intern with the Oregon Health and Science University in October 2010 when she and other experts were asked to help unravel the mystery of sick soccer players and their chaperones. They had traveled north from Beaverton and Tigard, Ore., to Washington state on a Friday for a weekend tournament.
The United Kingdom has published a life-cycle assessment of plastic bags for the Global Warming Potential assessment of the 2007 IPCC report.
What they found was rather interesting. They found that the actual re-use rates for plastic bag alternatives did not meet the threshold for environmental benefit.
- Paper bags have a higher carbon footprint.
- Reusable cotton bags require tons of water to produce and are generally not recyclable.
- Other bags must be used more than 100 times before they become environmentally beneficial.
In layman’s terms? Plastic bags create a much more environmentally safe result than the ‘brilliant solutions’ that California has replaced them with!
Of course, the WHOLE STUPID IDEA to ban the plastic bags came from the argument that they never bio-degrade! WRONG:
The 2015 Stanford Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering studies found:
Mealworms are able to biodegrade Styrofoam and other forms of polystyrene.
The 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair winner discovered:
You can entirely degrade plastic bags in as little as three months using a bacterial culture.
But.. the biggie!
There is not really an issue with the bags staying entirely whole in landfills because modern landfills are very safe, efficient and capable of dealing with waste.
Once landfills reach capacity, they are typically sealed off and can then be turned into safe, usable land, such as a ski resort (Mt. Brighton, MI), a golf course (Dallas, TX), a beach (Boston, MA), or a park (see Logan’s “Integrated Municipal Waste Management Campus Program”).
The whole thing was another liberal SCAM!!!
Ay Yi Yi!