A Little Girl Teaches Consumers a Lesson
"Research is four things: brains with which
to think, eyes with which to see, machines
with which to measure, and fourth, money."
- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
A little girl has made a 2-minute youtube
video which will change many lives.
Her school science experiment is worth watching.
It is about something I did not previously know
After watching the short film, I did some
research about Bud Nip. Here is what I found.
The major chemical ingredient in Bud Nip is
a substance called Chlorpropham.
According to Wikipedia:
Chlorpropham (commercial names: Bud Nip,
Taterpex) is a plant growth regulator and
herbicide used as a sprout suppressant for
grass weeds, alfalfa, lima and snap beans,
blueberries, cane berries, carrots,
cranberries, ladino clover, garlic, seed
grass, onions, spinach, sugar beets, tomatoes,
safflower, soybeans, gladioli and woody
nursery stock. It is also used to inhibit
I searched Medline for information on
chlorpropham. Most of the scientific studies
were performed on laboratory animals. I reject
every one of those on ethical grounds and on
logical scientific grounds.
Half of the cancers rats get, mice do not get.
Half of the cancers mice get, rats do not get.
One cannot apply a study from one rodent to
another, and therefore, one cannot apply a
rodent study to humans. I will not see an animal
tortured so that illogical research Can deceive.
I first found this study in the November, 2011
issue of the Bulletin of Environmental Contamination
and Toxicology. Researchers tested 228 potato
samples sold at 34 farmers' markets and discovered
that chlorpropham was the most frequently occurring
pesticide detected. The authors reported:
"No pesticide residues were detected in
23 potato samples obtained from certified
Virtually no studies on humans or human tissue
samples exist, but I did find one performed
three years ago.
In March of 2009 the journal Environmental
Science and Technology reported a study in
which scientists exposed human tissue samples
contained in glass vials to chlorpropham. In
their abstract, the researchers reported:
"The potential for agricultural chemicals to
cause endocrine disruption (ED) in humans and
wildlife is an increasing concern; however,
the effects of commonly used pesticides at
environmentally relevant concentrations are
The scientists then tested various chemical
pesticides on in-vitro (test tube) samples
of ovarian follicles containing human chorionic
gonadotropin (hCG) and found that chlorpropham
stimulated hormone production. Their final
recommendation was that "the effects of these
compounds on humans and/or wildlife warranted
further future investigation".
I have found no scientific evidence of such
research during the past three years, except
for the minimally financed study performed by
one little girl.