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

In listening to a snippet of Michigan Radio last night, I learned that part of the problem in our national food system, that comes into play when bacteria are moved from animal guts to fields to plant-uptake (like spinach taking up the bacteria from manure water) comes from who regulates which aspect of the human food chain.  Livestock agriculture is regulated by the USDA, while food crops are regulated by FDA – two different agencies.  Think they’ve been able to figure out, together, a solution to this problem yet?   Nope. 




Rita Jack

Water Sentinels Project, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter

tel:  517-484-2372


Make all Michigan's waters fishable and swimmable.



From: owner-enviro-mich@great-lakes.net [mailto:owner-enviro-mich@great-lakes.net] On Behalf Of Janet Kauffman
Sent: Thursday, September 21, 2006 10:21 AM
To: enviro-mich
Subject: 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



"...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..."