Tainted cantaloupes; the headlines never tell the story.

Listeria outbreak tied to packing shed. FDA says dirty equipment contributed to cantaloupe illnesses.

That was the headline in a USA Today article on 10-20-11 by Elizabeth Weise. So why do they never put the real NEWS in the headlines? After reading the article, I quickly found the root cause of this ongoing listeria problem — the same root cause for virtually every tainted food issue that we ever hear about. That root cause is the wildly popular practice of growing animals for our food — now to the tune of 60 billion of them a year around the world.

Billions of animals spending their entire lives standing, eating, defecating and urinating. Not a pretty picture and getting worse every year.

And, if the current trend continues, we’ll soon have 100 billion of these poor creatures — who spend their entire lives eating, defecating and urinating. What happens to all of that excrement. As we explain in our book, there is simply no effective method for safely removing that vast quantity of toxic waste. In just the USA, the number is staggering: 87,000 pounds of solid waste per second — totaling 1.37 billion tons per year.

Much of that waste eventually ends up in our water supply and some of it finds its way into the innocent, health-promoting fruits and vegetables who are minding their own business — just trying to do their part to help make us all healthy. After reading the entire article (see link below), I focused quickly on this statement:

FDA officials said, a truck used to take waste cantaloupes to a nearby cattle farm was parked next to the packing shed. Cattle are known carriers of the listeria bacteria; manure on the truck’s wheels could have contaminated the area around the packing facility.

Manure. This is what takes place at the source of the ubiquitous "milk mustaches" worn frequently by many of our most "beautiful" people. YUK.

What do the experts say about the real cause of listeria? In an earlier post, I cited these facts from the website of the Mayo Clinic: Listeria bacteria can be found in soil, water and animal feces. Humans typically are infected by consuming:

  1. Raw vegetables that have been contaminated from the soil or from contaminated manure used as fertilizer
  2. Infected meat
  3. Unpasteurized milk or foods made with unpasteurized milk
  4. Certain processed foods — such as soft cheeses, hot dogs and deli meats that have been contaminated after processing”

Most Americans now think that the cause of listeria is cantaloupe.

Now those facts seem to point very clearly to the root cause – humans eating animals. Notice the highlighted words above — all related to the raising of animals for food — a practice that most of us think we actually “need” to do in order to be healthy.

Now, if you’ve followed this blog for very long, you know very well of my continuing focus on the single biggest impediment to gaining momentum in our “great food revolution of the twenty-first century,” our perceived “need” for animal protein — a widespread perception that is held by most of the world’s brightest and best educated people. For more on that topic: FOOD — World’s brightest are missing the main point. So after reading the entire USA Today article: here’s the headline that I would have preferred:

Authors J. Stanfield Hicks and J. Morris Hicks , working daily to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

Eating Animals: the hidden culprit behind the latest food scare 

Sadly, we’re not likely to see this headline anytime soon — not until the world’s leaders understand that not only do we not “need” animal protein; it is literally killing us, destroying our environment and using a staggering amount of unnecessary fossil fuel in the process.

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—J. Morris Hicks…blogging daily at HealthyEatingHealthyWorld.com

FDA cites dirty equipment in deadly cantaloupe outbreak – USATODAY.com.

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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1 Response to Tainted cantaloupes; the headlines never tell the story.

  1. Dan Liese says:

    sooner rather than later your message will “SINK” in. keep up being the messenger.

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