Emergence of Monster Pathogens Prompt New Question: Can FDA Force Us to Eat Contaminated Food?
Here's a prediction: the price of raw milk from reliable sources is going to be rising sharply over coming years. In fact, the prices of many nutrient-dense foods obtained from known safe farms are going to be heading sharply upward.
That's because the dangers associated with conventional foods are rising nearly by the day. The latest danger documented by scientists in the United Kingdom is of MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) bacteria being transmitted to people by cattle. Yes, pasteurization takes care of the super bugs in the milk, but apparently the transmission occurs in other ways besides via milk...such as via manure on vegetable crops, and more than 60 people in Britain have been found with the super bug.
This is on top of the unsettling spread of a rare E.coli pathogen in Europe, which has sickened more than 2,000 and killed possibly 20 people. The pathogen seems highly resistant to antibiotics as well.
None of this should be surprising, since something on the order of 70 per cent or more of all antibiotics are given to animals routinely in the U.S., to prevent mass infection outbreaks because of the close and unsanitary conditions in which most live.
As the Soil Association, a British organization that encourages organic farming, put it in an analysis of the British study showing MRSA moving from cattle to people: "Studies in human medicine have shown that the use of antibiotics to which MRSA is resistant have the potential to help the spread of the superbug. All MRSA is resistant, by definition, to the beta-lactam class of antibiotics, the class containing penicillin, methicillin, flucloxacillin (an antibiotic often prescribed by GPs to treat skin infections) and cloxacillin (an antibiotic mostly used in dairy farming) and the cephalosporin antibiotics. The beta lactams are the most widely used antibiotics in the dairy industry for the treatment, or prevention, of mastitis. Their use undoubtedly is the reason why MRSA has emerged in dairy cows...There is particularly strong evidence that the use of the most modern cephalosporins (third or fourth generation), antibiotics classified by the World Health Organisation as critically important in human medicine, is associated with the spread of MRSA. The Health Protection Agency, the European Medicines Agency, numerous independent scientists and even a prominent British pig vet have drawn attention to the link between the use of modern cephalosporins and the incidence of MRSA. The excessive use of modern cephalosporins, has also been linked to the emergence in farm animals of high levels of resistance in a range of other bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonella."
And, of course, we know from studies in the U.S. that up to 80% of our chicken, conventional and organic, is contaminated with campylobacter...and allowed to be regularly sold. And we know that much of the beef, pork, and chicken consumed in the U.S. contains some amount of antibiotics, which increases the resistance in the general population.
I've been thinking more about the FDA's condescending assertion that there's no "plausible" argument that can be made on behalf of a constitutional protection of food rights.
Maybe we need to reformulate the issue here. Does the government have the right to force people to eat poisoned food? By eliminating access to healthy food, the FDA and its henchmen are, in effect, limiting the choices to those increasingly known to cause not only long-term health problems from chronic disease, but immediate death from pathogens that can't be treated by modern medicine.
I'd say that qualifies as a violation of the U.S. Constitution's preamble, which says in part:
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare (italics added) and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
I'll leave it to the legal eagles to find something in the Constitution that seems to prohibit the government from effectively forcing Americans to eat poisonous food. I'd also suggest that government efforts to eliminate safe nutrient-dense foods like raw milk and raw cheese, for example, as a way to effectifvely force people to buy the tainted corporate-factory varieties, are not conducive to promoting the general welfare." Quite the opposite.
Perhaps more significant, the word is getting out to larger segments of the general public that much of our food is tainted, and that the best food is available from known local farmers. Expect a sharp run-up in demand, and prices, for good food. And expect growing unhappiness from people who find they can't afford, or can't even find, the good food.
Latest word from Kentucky is that public health officials are backing off from the quarantine of raw milk at a Louisville buying club. It seems the public outcry has been heard by local bureaucrats.