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E-M:/ NY Times: Leafy Green Sewage: E. coli O157:H7



NY Times op-ed today:

Leafy Green Sewage
by Nina Planck
Published: September 21, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/21/opinion/21planck.html?ex=1159502400&en=429387857555930f&ei=5070&emc=eta1

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"...But the villain in this outbreak, E. coli O157:H7, is far scarier, at least for humans. Your stomach juices are not strong enough to kill this acid-loving bacterium, which is why it’s more likely than other members of the E. coli family to produce abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever and, in rare cases, fatal kidney failure.Where does this particularly virulent strain come from? It’s not found in the intestinal tracts of cattle raised on their natural diet of grass, hay and other fibrous forage. No, O157 thrives in a new — that is, recent in the history of animal diets — biological niche: the unnaturally acidic stomachs of beef and dairy cattle fed on grain, the typical ration on most industrial farms..."