AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Two citizen scientists who lead a non-profit food and water laboratory in central Texas have teamed up to prevent children across America from being poisoned with lead in municipal water supplies. Forensic food scientist Mike Adams has teamed with a former NASA contract scientist to conduct nationwide scientific analysis of heavy metals in the tap water of U.S. cities.
The effort is being organized by the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (ConsumerWellness.org), with executive director Mike Adams leading the scientific analysis. Over the next three months, the team plans to test the water of at least 100 large U.S. cities, reporting the results to the public on the website EPAwatch.org.
The water tests are being conducted via ICP-MS using an Agilent 7700x instrument and EPA methodology 200.8. Analysis is sensitive to low parts per billion concentrations for lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, copper and other toxic elements.
"In the spirit of citizen science and the democratization of science, we are taking on this task because the EPA has failed the citizens of Flint, Michigan," explained Adams. "When government regulators refuse to do their jobs, it is the duty and responsibility of citizen scientists to take on that task in the public interest. The health and lives of millions of children are at stake," Adams explains. "We don't have time to wait for the EPA to someday decide to do its job. We need to protect our children right now."
Water samples for the analysis are being crowdsourced from health professionals across America. A downloadable form (PDF) with instructions is available at EPAwatch.org.
ABOUT THE LAB: Over the last two years, forensic scientist and clean food activist Mike Adams has built a world-class laboratory with state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation for identifying contaminants in food and water. The lab features ICP-MS, Ion Chromatography, Liquid Chromatography and Time Of Flight Mass Spec instrumentation capable of detecting heavy metals, pesticides, hormone disruptors, fluoride and thousands of other chemical contaminants. The lab is 100% privately funded and receives no grant money from any government entity. Adams, a noted clean food activist, is also the inventor of the Food Rising Mini-Farm Grow Box (FoodRising.org) and holder of two patents related to protection from heavy metals and radioactive water. He is widely considered one of the world's leading independent voices on food science, nutrition, heavy metals and chemical contaminants.
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SOURCE Consumer Wellness Center