Fwd: It's the Meat, Stupid
- Not much I can add to Eric (founder of the Sacramento Vegetarian Society) and Neil's comments. Please sign the petition and pass it on.Begin forwarded message:From: "Eric Park" <woodlarkmusic@...>Date: July 27, 2008 6:10:46 PM PDTTo: "Eric Park" <woodlarkmusic@...>Subject: Fwd: It's the Meat, StupidGood for Dr. Barnard!This is what the American Press, terrified of losing the 10-figure lobbying/advertising budget of the Am. Meat industry, is refusing to print. This is the Big Lie, as practiced in our time. This is the 800-lb. gorilla in our kitchen that we are told to pretend is not there--or, rather, the 100,000,000 cows, half a billion chickens, and assorted American pigs, sheep, and other pathetic "meat animals" that we are told are not mad, are not mistreated, are not perpetuating a social practice of blind violence, are not filling our lives with pollution, our fields and streams with crap, our atmosphere with methane, are not using TWO-THIRDS of our precious Calif. water, are not dominating American land usage and ownership...as the sainted Edward Abbey put it, "The whole American west stinks of cattle."Please read this, and pass it on, if you have any interest in health, ecology, integrity in industrial practice, or economic justice.Eric Park---------- Forwarded message ----------
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From: "PCRM President Neal Barnard, M.D." <neal-barnard@...>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2008 14:30:55 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: It's the Meat, Stupid
Dear Ms. Fox,
During the current salmonella outbreak, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Food and Drug Administration, an agency within HHS, have focused Americans' attention first on tomatoes and now on jalapeño peppers as a likely source of the infectious bacteria. However, contaminated produce is only the last link in a chain that begins with the meat industry. It is essential for consumers to know that burgeoning meat consumption has caused a massive overproduction of chickens, cows, pigs, and other animals, leading to unprecedented production of feces that end up in rivers, streams, and irrigation water, and contaminate otherwise healthful produce.
Salmonella are intestinal organisms. Needless to say, tomatoes and peppers do not have an intestinal tract. When feces end up in irrigation water, salmonella can contaminate the surfaces of plants and can apparently pass into their rootlets, ending up inside produce. Infectious bacteria from animal feces also contaminate agricultural fields, workers' hands, retail shelves, and kitchen surfaces.
Join PCRM in calling for the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate the source of the contamination—the root of the problem lies in the meat industry! We need your help today. Click here to sign our petition and add your name to our list of outraged citizens. Help us provide a wake up call to HHS and demand it starts protecting our food supply.
Neal Barnard, M.D.
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
5100 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Ste. 400
Washington, DC 20016