I’m sick of hearing about peanut recalls. Aren’t you? Well, it turns out that nothing in this bright world of ours is safe from contamination — not even potatoes.
The culprit? A wiley little bacteria called listeria. You know, the same pathogen they use to frighten us into cooking all our food. Everything must be cooked, say the food scientists. Nothing consumed raw. No raw milk. No raw vegetables. No soft cheeses. No sushi or smoked salmon.
It’s our job as consumers to cook the pathogens out of our food. They can’t help it if it’s dirty.
I’m tired of their excuses. And apparently, so are a lot of other eaters.
You can feel their frustration, their total lack of confidence in the FDA to protect them from anything. You pick it up while you stand in line at the grocery store overhearing conversation. These people are mad.
Now, more than ever, they are primed to turn to Real Food. They want to eat food they can trust and are starting to research how they can make that happen.
This is progress — a good thing.
One thing I don’t hear people saying is that we should stop selling potatoes. Or peanut butter. Or spinach.
But, in states all across the U.S. where the sale of raw milk is still legal, there seems to be a mysteriously strong, urgent, and powerful push to further restrict or totally ban the sale of raw milk. It’s dangerous! They cry. It kills! It’s like playing Russian roulette!
Hogwash. It’s not any more dangerous than potatoes.
The truth is, the presence or absence of pathogens in our food supply is a matter of hygiene and cleanliness. All these outbreaks of salmonella, listeria, and e-coli are the results of filthy production methods coupled with insufficient testing by the FDA and USDA.
My raw milk dairy is inspected by the USDA every other day. (Compare this to the peanut plant responsible for the most recent peanut butter/salmonella scare. It hadn’t been inspected since 2001!)
My farmer uses stainless steel collection tanks and hoses to milk his cows. The cow’s teats are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before each milking, as is all the equipment used to milk her. My milk is safe.
So why do they test my farmer’s milk every other day, but manage to go 8 years (!) between testing a peanut plant?
Follow the money. Big government in the pockets of big agribusiness.
If you want good, clean, safe food, you just have to know where it comes from. That’s it. Go visit the local farm, ranch, or dairy. Talk to the farmer and ask questions. Watch them go about their work. Then buy their produce, meats, fruits, eggs, and dairy.
And always remember – your food choices are revolutionary acts!
(photo by fortinbras)