Recycling Greenhouse Gas Fossil Fuel Emissions into Low Radiocarbon Food Products to Reduce Human Genetic Damage

May 24, 2007, 01:00 ET from Radiocarb Genetics

    FAIRLAWN, Ohio, May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- A scientific paper just
 published in the international journal Environmental Chemistry Letters
 offers a surprising method for producing safer foods that could reduce
 cancer rates, birth defects, and rates of aging, as well as simultaneously
 play a significant role in fighting global warming. The complete journal
 article is freely available online at
 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10311-007-0100-7 or by email request to
 article1@radiocarb.com.
     In this paper, biochemist Christopher P. Williams calculates that
 radioactive carbon-14, or radiocarbon, naturally found in the atmosphere
 and in all food, causes at least 34 billion DNA and chromosomal damage
 events during an ordinary human lifetime. This genetic damage could account
 for a significant number of spontaneous cancers or birth defects, as well
 as accelerate the aging process.
     Unlike carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, CO2 captured directly
 from most fossil fuel emissions contains little or no radiocarbon. Williams
 suggests recycling this low radiocarbon CO2 to grow food having little or
 no radiocarbon. Adults, whose DNA and other genetic material are already
 formed, would likely receive little benefit from such low radiocarbon food.
 However, growing children receiving this safer, less radioactive food could
 be spared billions of lifetime genetic damage events.
     Worldwide emissions of the greenhouse gas CO2 from fossil fuels exceed
 27 billion tons per year, or more than four tons per person. A key method
 being considered for reducing global warming is to capture, or sequester,
 CO2 from industrial fossil fuel emissions. However, the capture and
 long-term storage of CO2 is expensive and previously served no significant
 business purpose. But now, with the potential to recycle this formerly
 useless waste material into low radiocarbon food products, carbon
 sequestration projects to fight global warming may receive a considerable
 boost.
     John A. Jaszczak, Professor of Physics at Michigan Technological
 University, commented, "I found the idea of conserving the low radiocarbon
 CO2 emissions for plant growth and human food consumption, especially for
 prenatal and newborn babies, to be an exciting one. I hope it will catch
 the attention of funding agencies and inspire long-overdue experimental
 research. The potential positive ramifications for both human well-being
 and the environment are too significant to ignore."
     Noting one implication of his paper, Williams comments that Richard
 Branson's $25 million "Virgin Earth Challenge" to remove greenhouse gases
 directly from the atmosphere may be misguided since it promotes the capture
 and sequestration of dilute atmospheric CO2 containing natural background
 radiocarbon. In contrast, capturing concentrated low radiocarbon CO2
 directly from industrial fossil fuel emissions before it enters the
 atmosphere is both easier and cheaper, and also permits its eventual
 recycling into safer, less radioactive foods.
     Dr. Williams recently left the genetic screening industry to form
 Radiocarb Genetics (http://www.radiocarb.com) to develop and promote
 patented technology involving low radiocarbon food products.
     Contact:
     Chris Williams, Ph.D.
     415-578-3214
     news@radiocarb.com
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    FAIRLAWN, Ohio, May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- A scientific paper just
 published in the international journal Environmental Chemistry Letters
 offers a surprising method for producing safer foods that could reduce
 cancer rates, birth defects, and rates of aging, as well as simultaneously
 play a significant role in fighting global warming. The complete journal
 article is freely available online at
 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10311-007-0100-7 or by email request to
 article1@radiocarb.com.
     In this paper, biochemist Christopher P. Williams calculates that
 radioactive carbon-14, or radiocarbon, naturally found in the atmosphere
 and in all food, causes at least 34 billion DNA and chromosomal damage
 events during an ordinary human lifetime. This genetic damage could account
 for a significant number of spontaneous cancers or birth defects, as well
 as accelerate the aging process.
     Unlike carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, CO2 captured directly
 from most fossil fuel emissions contains little or no radiocarbon. Williams
 suggests recycling this low radiocarbon CO2 to grow food having little or
 no radiocarbon. Adults, whose DNA and other genetic material are already
 formed, would likely receive little benefit from such low radiocarbon food.
 However, growing children receiving this safer, less radioactive food could
 be spared billions of lifetime genetic damage events.
     Worldwide emissions of the greenhouse gas CO2 from fossil fuels exceed
 27 billion tons per year, or more than four tons per person. A key method
 being considered for reducing global warming is to capture, or sequester,
 CO2 from industrial fossil fuel emissions. However, the capture and
 long-term storage of CO2 is expensive and previously served no significant
 business purpose. But now, with the potential to recycle this formerly
 useless waste material into low radiocarbon food products, carbon
 sequestration projects to fight global warming may receive a considerable
 boost.
     John A. Jaszczak, Professor of Physics at Michigan Technological
 University, commented, "I found the idea of conserving the low radiocarbon
 CO2 emissions for plant growth and human food consumption, especially for
 prenatal and newborn babies, to be an exciting one. I hope it will catch
 the attention of funding agencies and inspire long-overdue experimental
 research. The potential positive ramifications for both human well-being
 and the environment are too significant to ignore."
     Noting one implication of his paper, Williams comments that Richard
 Branson's $25 million "Virgin Earth Challenge" to remove greenhouse gases
 directly from the atmosphere may be misguided since it promotes the capture
 and sequestration of dilute atmospheric CO2 containing natural background
 radiocarbon. In contrast, capturing concentrated low radiocarbon CO2
 directly from industrial fossil fuel emissions before it enters the
 atmosphere is both easier and cheaper, and also permits its eventual
 recycling into safer, less radioactive foods.
     Dr. Williams recently left the genetic screening industry to form
 Radiocarb Genetics (http://www.radiocarb.com) to develop and promote
 patented technology involving low radiocarbon food products.
     Contact:
     Chris Williams, Ph.D.
     415-578-3214
     news@radiocarb.com
     This release was issued through eReleases(TM). For more information,
 visit http://www.ereleases.com.
 
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