Me: HAI GUYS! U NEED TO EAT GUD FUDS LIKE EGGS! EGGS ARE GUD AND CHEEP! LOL! YAY EAT EGGS U GET ABS LIKE ABS LOL!
But thats not the only reason I bring this up. SciBlogs ‘special’ friend, HuffPo, scavenged an article from AP, which noted that one of the reasons why this salmonella-in-eggs recall is so epic, is because the US government doesnt require hens be vaccinated against salmonella. I thought this was neat info, and it turns out the eggs I normally buy do vaccinate their hens ($2.35 a dozen -0.35 coupon, -0.35 double coupon at the grocery store, w00t!).
The reaction was predictable, but still funny:
All my life I’ve heard, “Don’t eat raw eggs; they might have salmonella in them.” Suddenly it’s an issue requiring vaccination of the hens? If you can get eggs from free range hens, do so. They’ll have omega 3’s in them and taste so much better than eggs from sick chickens in factory farms. Sure, let’s clean up the factory farms, but let’s not make rules on vaccinating hens that will drive the little family farmers out of business.
I’ve learned to not trust government figures when it comes to vaccines.
Does it surprise anyone that corporate factory farms have been allowed to poison our food supply? Asking a corporation to voluntarily police themselves is about as effective as asking them to voluntarily pay higher taxes. When the only important factor is the bottom line, human health doesn’t play much of a role in corporate decisions.
When you have a monopoly on the food supply, you can put out whatever low-quality toxic garbage you want and call it food. Most people are still going to consume it because they either don’t know any better or have limited alternatives.
Well…as far as myself is concerned…..I have 9 chickens in my backyard that give me wonderful organic eggs everyday. My concern isn’t for myself, its for everyone else eating eggs and meat full of chemicals and growth hormones. The logical step is not Prolonging the abuse, the logical step is to force these egg manufacturers to abide by “Common Sense” rules and shut down the ones who don’t. The guy that started this is a scumball and should lose his business for endangering human life for profit.
The hens were infected via their feed. No one was purposefully doing anything wrong. No one wasnt following the rules for profit. If your grandma had bought this feed and fed it to her hens, the same thing would have happened. Sometimes bad shit, salmonella induced or otherwise, just happens.
And theres THIS ASSHOLE, who brings his own special kind of FAIL to HuffPo by blogging for ‘them’ (like how HSUS raised money for ‘Michael Vicks pits’ or ‘pets of Katrina’). Wayne Pacelle, I dont care what you think about anything. Youre a giant douche and I hope you die in a fire started by one of your Animal Liberation Front friends:
The lifelong extreme confinement of laying hens in tiny cages is not just inhumane, it’s been linked to human disease. Eggs from caged birds have been found to be significantly more likely to pose a Salmonella threat than cage-free eggs. You can see even more of the evidence at our site imamasivedouchehumanesociety.org/salmonella.
According to this douche and HuffPo commentors, cage-free, free-range, organic hens are better. Douche even has SCIENCE to back up his claims!
Except Sir Douche uses science the way Creationists use science. Cherry picking information to fit ones agenda. What does an actual microbiologist think about this?
Are organic eggs less likely to carry salmonella? What about those sold on farm stands?
“I’ve not seen any evidence suggesting that these eggs are any safer,” says Martin Wiedmann, an associate professor of food microbiology at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Although many of us buy specialty eggs for ethical reasons, some new buyers may be having a “gut-level reaction” to news that the contaminated eggs came from giant industrial farms, he says; it’s akin to assuming that cars are a safer mode of transport than planes whenever we hear about a jetliner crash. No doubt, hens raised on organic farms live more enjoyable lives–they aren’t confined to cages and are free to wander–but studies haven’t shown that well-treated hens are any less likely to carry and transmit salmonella to the eggs they lay. In fact, some studies indicate that they may be more likely to be exposed to the bacteria, often found in dust on the henhouse floor, than hens confined to battery cages, which don’t touch the ground. What’s more, a recent study conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture found that eggs from “cage-free” hens were more likely to contain chemical contaminants, probably from the soil in fields where the hens were allowed to graze.
If you think ‘cage-free’/’free-range’/’organic’ hens cant be infected with salmonella because they are in harmony with The Earth Goddess, then you are lulled into a false sense of security of what behaviors are actually ‘safe’. Eating raw cookie dough, home-made salad dressings, undercooked eggs for breakfast, drinking cocktails that include raw eggs– those behaviors are not magically ‘safe’ because you bought eggs from hens that got to sit in bean-bag chairs and watch Judge Judy all day, instead of regular store brand eggs.
Scapegoating might make you feel better mentally, but it doesnt actually do any good in reality.
Just cook your goddamn eggs.