>> Saturday, September 11, 2010
Image via WikipediaAn upper-Northeastern dairy has voluntarily recalled 8,000 to 10,000 gallons of milk after it was discovered that a pasteurization machine failure. While it's very admirable that the dairy announced this massive recall in a precautionary measure, recalls like this - let alone the recalls such as the recent egg fiasco or other meat-related incidents that left people ill or dead - should be scaring people far, far away from the idea of purchasing food created in "factory" farms.
Recently in Minnesota there was a farm selling raw milk and somehow a few customers were hit by an e.coli outbreak. This went as far as getting state-wide television coverage, if not larger. This story was and is being used as fuel to fire the anti-raw-milk brigade so that no one drinks "unsafe" milk - even when it affects less than ten people nationwide.
Does nobody see the irony of all this? When one large farm produces unhealthy products that reach millions of people, what happens? Eggs are recalled (and repurposed, but not destroyed) but the company goes on selling their products, same as before. But if it's a small farm, producing real food that has the accident... it affects, perhaps 5 people and their livelihood is shut down by the state? This is not just crazy, it's... redonkulous.
Americans should be choosing - no, they should be demanding that their foods be produced in small amounts by local farmers who care for the products they make. No more factory farms! Maybe everyone just needs a visit to a confined animal feeding operation before they'll wake up...? What's it going to take, America?