It wasn’t so long ago that America was fed by an army of family farmers.
Local food produced by local farmers.
And every once in a while, something would go wrong and somebody would get sick from eating contaminated food.
And sometimes, maybe more than one somebody would get sick.
But, today…when a couple of America’s largest egg producers make a mistake and ships out a whole mess o’ eggs contaminated with Salmonella, over 1300 Americans nationwide get sick. (as of Aug. 19/2010)
And when confronted with this news….the food safety branch of the egg producers association responds by informing America’s egg eaters that the “voluntary” egg recall affects less than 1% of the 80 billion eggs produced in the United States each year.
As if that’s supposed to be comforting news to the over 1300 people who became infected with salmonella enteritidis.
So….who’s to blame?
Because, you know that the lawsuits are already being prepared.
Someone is going to get the blame.
Who’s the bad guy?
- Is it the DeCoster family who owns the tainted egg producing companies, or
- The FDA – responsible for inspecting shell eggs. or
- The USDA – responsible for inspecting other egg products, or
- The politicians who pass the laws that ignore the quality of our food supply in favor of the quantity of our food supply, or
- Is it the consumer who demands that a dozen chicken eggs cost less than $2.00.
Or, is it all of the above?
We all know that factory farms are good at producing large quantities of food at the cheapest possible price.
And sure, factory farmed food may taste like crap, and….
- it may come loaded with foodborne pathogens, and….
- it may be deficient in a whole range of micronutrients which may lead to….
- malnutrition, and….
- increased hunger, and…..
But, at least it’s cheap…..except when your child gets sick and ends up in the hospital dehydrated with bloody diarrhea.