Fluoride Action Network

Greens step up campaign against water fluoridation

Source: Morning Star | August 12th, 2003
Location: United Kingdom, England

THE Green Party stepped up its anti-fluoridation campaign yesterday, before Prime Minister Tony Blair’s plans to rush through a new Water Bill on September 8 that could lead to the fluoridation of most or all of Britain’s water supplies.

Some local authorities, including Bradford, Brighton and Lancaster, have already passed motions opposing the government’s plan.

The Green Party’s principal speaker Margaret Wright added that, if people knew that the chemical used in fluoridation is a toxic waste product, they would be horrified.

“The ‘fluoride‘ that is added to drinking water is hexafluorosilicic acid, ” she said.

“It comes from the pollution scrubber liquor used to clean chimneys in phosphate fertiliser factories and it’s never been safety tested for human consumption.

“If the new Water Bill goes through unamended, strategic health authorities will be able to compel their local water company to fluoridate the supply, ” warned Ms Wright.

“This is a matter of medical ethics. It’s the standard accepted practice that the patient must have the right to refuse treatment.”