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from Dawnwatch.com:<br><br><br><br>
This week, America shunned spinach after some was found to carry a<br><br>
deadly strain of E.coli bacteria. The Thursday, September 21, New York<br><br>
Times, however, included an op-ed, by Nina Planck, author of ''Real Food:<br><br>
What to Eat and Why," who suggests that the spinach farmers are not the<br><br>
culprits.<br><br><br><br>
In the piece titled, "Leafy Green Sewage" (pg A31) Planck writes:<br><br>
"Indeed, this epidemic, which has infected more than 100 people and<br><br>
resulted in at least one death, probably has little do with the folks who<br><br>
grow and package your greens. The detective trail ultimately leads back<br><br>
to a seemingly unrelated food industry -- beef and dairy cattle.<br><br><br><br>
She explains that E. coli O157:H7 is different from most E.coli which<br><br>
is harmless to humans. She writes:<br><br><br><br>
"Where does this particularly virulent strain come from? It's not found<br><br>
in the intestinal tracts of cattle raised on their natural diet of<br><br>
grass, hay and other fibrous forage. No, O157 thrives in a new -- that is,<br><br>
recent in the history of animal diets -- biological niche: the<br><br>
unnaturally acidic stomachs of beef and dairy cattle fed on grain, the typical<br><br>
ration on most industrial farms. It's the infected manure from these<br><br>
grain-fed cattle that contaminates the groundwater and spreads the<br><br>
bacteria to produce, like spinach, growing on neighboring farms."<br><br><br><br>
And she discusses "the contamination of ground water, flood water and<br><br>
rivers -- all irrigation sources on spinach farms -- by the<br><br>
E-coli-infected manure from cattle farms."<br><br><br><br>
She writes:<br><br><br><br>
"The United States Department of Agriculture does recognize the threat<br><br>
from these huge lagoons of waste, and so pays 75 percent of the cost<br><br>
for a confinement cattle farmer to make manure pits watertight, either by<br><br>
lining them with concrete or building them above ground. But taxpayers<br><br>
are financing a policy that only treats the symptom, not the disease,<br><br>
and at great expense. There remains only one long-term remedy, and it's<br><br>
still the simplest one: stop feeding grain to cattle."<br><br><br><br>
And she concludes<br><br>
"California's spinach industry is now the financial victim of an<br><br>
outbreak it probably did not cause, and meanwhile, thousands of acres of<br><br>
other produce are still downstream from these lakes of E. coli-ridden<br><br>
cattle manure. So give the spinach growers a break, and direct your<br><br>
attention to the people in our agricultural community who just might be able to solve this deadly problem: the beef and dairy farmers."<br><br><br><br>
You'll find the full piece on line at<br><br><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/21/opinion/21planck.html" target="_blank">http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/21/opinion/21planck.html</a> . It addresses<br><br>
a danger of factory farming from the standpoint of public health but<br><br>
does not mention animal welfare. Most cattle, fed on corn, live pathetic<br><br>
lives. Contrary to the images we remember from childhood of animals<br><br>
grazing in meadows, those raised for beef and milk today live in<br><br>
disgusting feedlots, often knee-deep in their own manure, with no protection<br><br>
from the elements. In 2002 the New York Times Magazine ran a cover story,<br><br>
'This Steer's Life,' in which Michael Pollan documented the life of a<br><br>
steer from birth to death. That piece is available on Pollan's website<br><br>
at <a href="http://www.michaelpollan.com/article.php?id=14" target="_blank">http://www.michaelpollan.com/article.php?id=14</a> . It is well worth<br><br>
reading.<br><br><br><br>
Planck's op-ed deserves some appreciative letters to the editor against<br><br>
factory farming. Feel free to sing the praises of a veggie diet.<br><br><br><br>
The New York Times takes letters at <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><br><br><br><br>
Always include your full name, address, and daytime phone number when<br><br>
sending a letter to the editor. Remember that shorter letters are more<br><br>
likely to be published. And please be careful not to use any exact<br><br>
phrases from this alert in your letters; the editors wish to receive<br><br>
original reactions from their readers.
 

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I am furious that now with the green onion e coli outbreak at Taco Bell no one is mentioning where e coli orginates. Every article seems to be 'blaming' all kinds of vegetables - and although they may be the carriers of the e coli, plants do not create it. I even saw one article that a few vegetarians had also eaten at Taco Bell and had gotten sick implying that meat isn't the culprit here.<br><br><br><br>
Anyways - I thought this article that Irizary posted during the spinach scare was good and thought I would bump it up.
 

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Sadly, my father and a few other seemingly intelligent people seem to think it was some Mexicans who took a dump in the field because they didn't want to walk to the nearest port-a-potty.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wall.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":wall:"><br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>~Wonder</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Sadly, my father and a few other seemingly intelligent people seem to think it was some Mexicans who took a dump in the field because they didn't want to walk to the nearest port-a-potty.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wall.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":wall:"><br><br>
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<br><br><br><span style="color:#008000;">That's the worst one I've heard yet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:"> That <i>is</i> sad.</span>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Marie</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I thought the recent spinach thing was caused by deer.</div>
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Al Qaeda has deer working for them now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/surprised.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":surprised"><br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>~Wonder</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Sadly, my father and a few other seemingly intelligent people seem to think it was some Mexicans who took a dump in the field because they didn't want to walk to the nearest port-a-potty.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wall.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":wall:"><br><br>
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Oh my gosh. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> Unfortunately, this is exactly the kind of thing that comes out of the mouth of my husbands brothers and dad all the time.
 

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<a href="http://www.yourlawyer.com/articles/read/12213" target="_blank">http://www.yourlawyer.com/articles/read/12213</a><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Pigs blamed for E. coli in spinach<br><br>
A WILD BOAR FOUND DEAD AT SALINAS-AREA RANCH TESTS POSITIVE FOR BACTERIA THAT RUINED SPINACH<br><br>
Oct 27, 2006 | Ken McLaughlin | Mercury News<br><br>
Wild pigs are the likely culprits behind the E. coli bacteria outbreak that killed and sickened people across the country after they ate fresh, bagged spinach.<br><br><br><br>
Genetics tests have found the exact strain of the deadly bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract of a boar discovered dead at a Salinas-area ranch suspected as the source of the outbreak, California and federal health officials said Thursday.<br><br><br><br>
The officials also said ``the outbreak appears to be over.''<br><br><br><br>
Investigators had announced two weeks ago that they had matched the bacteria found in tainted bagged spinach to three samples of cattle manure in a pasture near the field. But this is the first time they have found convincing evidence of how the fields became contaminated.<br><br><br><br>
Wild pigs are one ``real clear vehicle'' that could explain how E. coli spread from cattle on the ranch to the spinach field less than a mile away, said Kevin Reilly, deputy director of the state Department of Health Services.<br><br><br><br>
He said the pigs could have tracked the bacteria into the field by smashing down fences or spread it by defecating on the spinach.. ...</div>
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Thank you.<br><br>
I wrote a blog post about this issue: <a href="http://www.elainevigneault.com/2006/12/09/the-fda-the-usda-e-coli-and-the-alphabet-soup-that-could-kill-you.html" target="_blank">The FDA, the USDA, E. Coli, and the Alphabet Soup That Could Kill You.</a>
 

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That is a somewhat misleading quote pulled from the article above identifying wild pigs as the source. They were perhaps the vehicle, but it still goes back to the cattle:<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block"><b>Wild pigs are one "real clear vehicle'' that could explain how E. coli spread from cattle on the ranch to the spinach field less than a mile away</b>, said Kevin Reilly, deputy director of the state Department of Health Services.<br><br><br><br>
He said the pigs could have tracked the bacteria into the field by smashing down fences or spread it by defecating on the spinach.<br><br><br><br>
Reilly said Thursday that genetic tests also found the same strain of bacteria in a creek downstream from the spinach field as well as in four cows that graze in the nearby pasture.<br><br><br><br>
But the creek, downstream from the spinach field, may have been contaminated by the pigs.<br><br><br><br>
"Those wild pigs are up and down that waterway,'' he said.</div>
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I wrote a blog post about this issue: <a href="http://www.elainevigneault.com/2006/12/09/the-fda-the-usda-e-coli-and-the-alphabet-soup-that-could-kill-you.html" target="_blank">The FDA, the USDA, E. Coli, and the Alphabet Soup That Could Kill You.</a>
 
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