Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 12:19:48 -0500
From: Litt, Rob - Plymouth
To: wgselby@statesman.com <wgselby@statesman.com>

Mosaic produces Hydrofluosilicic Acid as a co-product of the manufacturing process of phosphate fertilizers. During that manufacturing process, fluorine gas is liberated from our phosphate ore. Using a scrubber, we capture the gas in spring water to create hydrofluosilicic acid, which is used in water fluoridation.


Many fluoridation opponents will cite the toxicity of the chemical in its concentrated form. This is a fallacy as no one is ingesting this concentrated form. By this rationale, these same individuals should also be opposed to Vitamin D, B6, A & E, which are all considered toxic in concentrated form.


Hundreds of beneficial compounds and several vitamins and minerals in their concentrated form are considered toxic, but are beneficial in smaller controlled doses. Fluoride has been determined to be beneficial to dental health in small doses and public water fluoridation has been referred to by the CDC as one of the greatest health achievements of the 20th century.


Fluoridated drinking water typically contains 1 ppm or less fluoride. Many fluoridation opponents often cite the toxicity of the chemical in its concentrated form. This is a fallacy as no one is ingesting this concentrated form. An overwhelming majority of public health experts have concluded that drinking water levels are not toxic, but, in contrast, are considered beneficial.