Web Cowgirl 衛 思 維 (webcowgirl) wrote,
Web Cowgirl 衛 思 維

The spinach dilemma

If you read Fast Food Nation or any of Michael Pollan's NY Times articles that lead up to The Omnivore's Dilemma, you know the problems we have with food safety in America. These problems can be summarized in about two sentences. One, we engage in practices that make animals (and humans) ill. Two, the policies that could control the problems caused by these practices are constrained by the fact that the companies that profit by their bad practices essentially write the policies for the government.

Thus we have poo from sick cows making people sick who are eating spinach that is handled completely properly. Basically, our corporate overlords don't care that they're generally engaging in unhealthy practices - many people every year are sacrificed to the higher profit margin of the American industrial food complex.

(Thanks to wendolen for the link - I hadn't heard for sure what had caused the outbreak, but the reading I'd done in the past basically pointed to the cattle industry with a flashing neon light.)
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