E. Coli and raw spinach
Even though the mystery of E. Coli in raw spinach has not been
solved, many scientists believe the culprits are the dairy and farm
industries. The shipper implicated in the outbreak, Natural Selection
Foods, that packages salad greens under more than two dozen brands,
including Earthbound Farm, O Organic and the Farmer’s Market, seemed to
have used proper handling methods.
The threat of the virulent E. Coli strain O57:H7 might come from
waste lagoons which are likely to contaminate the soil and water and
thus spread the bacteria in vegetables such as spinach. Usually,
grass-fed cattle do not carry the virulent strain in their intestinal
tracts. It is the grain-fed cattle which does, so a solution to decrease
the spread of E. Coli o57:H7 is to stop feeding grain to cattle and let
them graze on grass.
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By raising animals in a humane way in accord with God’s ideal, the
negative consequences as a result of our abuse and exploitation of God’s
creatures, are likely to decrease. By being good stewards of all of
God’s creation, animals and humans could live a healthier, fuller and
more joyful live.
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