If you’ve seen the movie Food, Inc., you know the inhumane conditions in which chickens are raised in our industrial food system. So, how can we be in the least bit shocked that salmonella has emerged?
I’m not. And, with events like this, I am hoping that people are going to be making a more permanent shift to local and organic.
I don’t care what anyone, including our government, says. While by no means 100% fool-proof, organic farming and livestock methods are vastly superior and safer.
A few of the organic rules on chickens:
– They must be managed organically from the 2nd day of life.
– Organic feed and pasture only.
– Purchase records and flock ID records must be kept. –> traceability.
– Meaningful outdoor access, no confined spaces –> allows for natural behavior, fresh air, direct sunlight (Vitamin D).
– No cages inside poultry houses, minimum spacing requirements when they are inside.
These rules promote safety. Jamming thousands of birds into tiny spaces and cages don’t.
Here is a classic response from the industry regarding the outbreak.
“It may seem like a lot of eggs, but it’s actually less than 1 percent (of the 80 billion eggs produced each year,” said Krista Eberle, director of food safety programs for the Egg Safety Center and the United Egg Producers, noting that non-recalled eggs are safe to eat.
Is this type of response supposed to make us feel better?????