As a staunch animal and environmental advocate of more than 50 years … I am so damn angry at how little progress has been achieved here, and globally, in our re-evaluating how we collectively “do things”. What you are about to read may sound familiar … like the techno thriller “The Andromeda Strain” … and other such pieces. I’m sorry to tell you … it’s real. This is something we all need to be aware of – and make sure it is change. If I had children … I would be worried.
My most recent investigative research is on the E.coli O157:H7 strain. If I consumed meat (of any type) – I would never eat another piece just based on what I have learned in reading USDA, FDA, CDC, Johns Hopkins University research documents (that I am going to be posting on this blog for your casual enjoyment as attachments/links) as I quote their words – that clearly indicate the risk of self-inflicted disease on our population based on things we are doing to ourselves through our practices in agriculture. It’s staggering. The fact more haven’t died is a lucky thing. I am stunned at what I am reading that is hidden in plain sight. It also becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Population consumes very bad stuff every day in fast food joints, meat markets, and our vegetables and fruits. Wouldn’t you be alarmed to know that our food is contaminated by our very own agriculture department – the USDA – and the practices attached to raising cattle for slaughter. In fact, one of the papers clearly states that our slaughter practices INCREASES THE LIKELIHOOD OF TRANSMISSION OF E.COLI O157:H7 INTO THE FOOD CHAIN BY THE THINGS WE INFLICT ON THE ANIMAL EN ROUTE TO SLAUGHTER. It’s in their own frigging words.
The reason this particular outbreak peaked my interest to pursue was because of my experience dealing with E.coli as an animal issue. I have enough knowledge about the virus and its properties that it came down to WHAT THEY WEREN’T SAYING that alarmed me. Claiming to be unable to identify point of origin or even distribution (when SoCal is the largest producer of Romaine in North America) shipping to Canada and US. Absolutely no mention of how did this particular ‘resistant’ strain – unlike any other E.coli strain, get on the vegetables … and how long has this been happening or was this a first. The CDC and FDA were very careful to say Romaine and other “leafy vegetables”) when Canada clearly said ROMAINE. All they kept saying was nothing of substance.
When I am finished (at least in part) I will publish. It would behoove you to read. These aren’t my words. My content is loaded with their quotes. I couldn’t write more horrifying words than our own government already has. They know what causes the virus or more accurately what intensifies these deadly viruses … and do that exact thing. The self-fulfilling prophecy … is the relationship between the USDA, FDA, CDC, Pharmaceuticals and Health Care. Get the people sick… then make them need the medicine… and the hospitalization in worst case scenario. Strong allegation on my part. Yes… yes it is. I will include all of the referenced documents from all of the agencies – I will highlight the quotes – and other things to note.
They – the United States Government – and its AGENCIES … put you at risk every single day – physical risk – calculated risk – knowing full well the result can be deadly. It is done in your food chain. Not my words – their words. Look at the diagrams of predicted transference, transmission and colonization of the deadly viruses – that are a result of our agricultural practices – and totally unnecessary.
Here’s a brief synopsis.
When you ‘warehouse’ more than 98.8 MILLION head of cattle – being grazed for slaughter – you generate a shitload of manure – figuratively and literally. You have to do something with that all that stuff … but… it turns out that unless you careful treat the manure – for a specific period of time to eliminate any E.coli that is shed in the process of excrement (taking a shit) … or treat the manure used UNTREATED it carries the virus. It is scandalous – because in their very own documentation is specifically says that cattle are the main conveyors of the E.coli strains – because it is created in their gut. The contamination (or cross-contamination) can be accomplished several ways animal-human-human, animal-food, human to human …food to human. It’s all in their research. It expressly says that unless you take the extreme precautions – the manure is toxic – and – the cattle being slaughtered and gutted have E.coli in their guts. After eviscerations – the water that is used to superficially clean the slaughterhouse is flushed as used as a secondary irrigation water source. OMG. They speak of the use of it in conjunction with growing crops and how the virus assimilates into the plant.
But with 98.8 Million cattle being grazed for slaughter … and millions and millions of tons of manure that unless allowed to dry and become benign … or is chemically treated – it is used – even though contaminated – in agriculture across the US … across corporate farming enterprises (and even small community farms), and unless treated, in the bags we buy at Home Depot and other stores. The virus can live comfortably in the manure.
And the real kicker — not pun intended — horse manure does not. “Horse guts do not contain significant levels of the two waterborne pathogens of greatest concern to human health risk, Cryptosporidium or Giardia, neither do they contain significant amounts of the bacteria E. coli 0157:H7 or Salmonella. … People seldom encounter or handle horse manure.”
So what does the USDA in conjunction do with our horses (wild and bred) we export them for slaughter – and we wholesales the bovine manure that does carry the virus. Are we nuts?
We should only be using horse manure with agriculture.
The alternative which everyone will just love – is to give bovine and other animals (lamb, veal, etc.) antibiotics while they’re alive…. (oh yeah… that so not good) to kill various strains – with one small caveat – there is no cure RIGHT NOW for the E.coli O157:H7 strain. It was first identified in 1986 … but latest research indicates it existed off continent for years in specific locations.