Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Birds falling from the sky

Birds falling from the sky in Arkansas and Louisiana is not a new phenomenon. There have been cases in Sweden and elsewhere last year. But when I hear those stories, I think of birds falling from the sky in Minamata in Japan in the 1950s and in Iraq in the early 1970s.

Those birds fell from the sky because of mercury poisoning. In Japan the birds had eaten methyl-mercury-poisoned fish from Minamata Bay. The birds were part of the story that eventually ushered in the discovery that mercury caused a new disease called Minamata disease. Minamata disease was caused by mercury poisoning. In Iraq the birds had eaten grain laced with methyl-mercury-containing fungicide. There, too, thousands of people died of mercury poisoning because they had eaten bread made from the ground-up seed-grain.

Might it be possible that the birds that fell from the sky in Arkansas and Louisiana were poisoned by toxic seed grain or other toxins?