https://www.theatlantic.com/health/arch ... ce/558623/
The CDC finally gets people interested in lettuce.
The national imagination was running wild on Twitter. This would have never happened with a story telling people that salad remains a good and healthy food option. Fear, though, brings attention. Moments that capture the collective consciousness like these can sometimes be good opportunities to take stock of how we’re allocating our own attention and fear. As potentially significant as this outbreak could be—and I don’t mean to minimize it—it pales in relation to known, ongoing, preventable dangers.
At the moment the utility of this story may be to jolt us out of complacency about the kinds of risks we come to accept as background noise. In just the last few months, influenza has killed 156 kids in the U.S. Around 10,000 Americans have been killed already this year in automobile crashes. We’re all more likely to be harmed or killed in our cars on the way to the store to buy lettuce than by the lettuce itself. We are all more likely to be harmed by the air pollution caused by driving cars to get the lettuce. Driving cars is a tremendous and serious health risk which most of us could do a lot more to avoid. Push alert.
Over the course of the past month, at least 70 cases have been reported to CDC. None have yet proven deadly, but the potential is there. The contaminant is a notorious strain of E. coli known as O157:H7. This is the only strain of E. coli most doctors can name, and they take it seriously.
e.coli didn't become a problem until the Hippies insisted on "organic" farming, which required the replacement of synthic fertilizers with shit. The shit must be sterilized, but sterilization of shit tends to be very expensive, and the yields from shit-fertilized crops tends to be way lower than the scientifically vetted and developed synthetic fertilizers, so organic farmers tend to forgo the sterilization process. As a result, e.coli outbreaks became a thing.
Yet another case of Hippies shooting themselves in the foot, even without the guns that they so abhor.