Veggies Don't Poop: The EU Search for E. Coli Culprit - Page 2
Shit does not come from carrots. It does not come from spinach, tomatoes, or lettuce. Yes, fresh fruits and vegetables can carry contaminants and residue, the result of feedlot or other animal contamination upstream. Farmers might spread what they believe is a natural fertilizer onto their crops, when in fact they are spreading a potentially deadly poison.
A better place to point your outrage is at animals, and not the ones you may be thinking.
Humans are the animals to blame for E. Coli poisoning. Factory farms were not invented by cows or pigs or chickens.
There is E. Coli bacteria right now in your digestive tract, and it passes without causing disease because, generally speaking, humans do not defecate on their food. The E. Coli that factory farm animals produce in their intestines is often rife with increasingly resistant antibiotics.
If E. Coli doesn’t cross-contaminate meat in a slaughterhouse, it might live to fight another day.
Because we are all downstream from unclean cooking surfaces, factory farms, feedlots, and slaughterhouses we all probably consume a certain amount of bullshit with our food. Even healthy, benign foods like leafy greens.
Today the fragile economies of the EU are faced with a fecal challenge. It’s like the entire subcontinent is a big cruise ship with poor refrigeration, a limited buffet and a roulette wheel instead of a dinner plate. And to make matters worse, Europeans, avoiding roughage, are likely going to be constipated all summer long.
No port of call is safe until we clean up our factory farms.