Less Food To Go Around, With New Poisons Too, Part 2

posted by Dr Ad Versery and Frank Butterman Food Inspector @ 17:38 PM
January 20, 2012

Again, because there is such an emergence today of poisonous chemicals within common foods in more prosperous nations, we will have to make the story about less food available in the developing world as Part 3 of this series next week.

Our readers must be alerted to a major “food story” that broke this week, namely that farm pigs are greatly resisting antibiotics intended to protect against E. coli bacteria in pork.  Not only are the animals resisting even low doses of antibiotics, the bacteria in their stomachs also multiplied drug-resistant genes.

Emily Sohn of Discovery News reports that “even after farmers stop using antibiotics, pig mothers still pass their drug resistant flora down to their offspring for generations.”  Thad Stanton, microbiologist for the U.S. Drug and Food Administration, says that scientists were surprised when, after injecting antibiotics in pigs, “E. coli populations . . . went up by 20 to 100-fold.  That’s a big change.”

Moreover, Sohn says that test results “add to concerns that regular use of antibiotics in farm animals could spread dangerous and drug-resistant varieties of bacteria throughout the environment and into our food and water.”

Michael Reilly, also of Discovery News, adds that since modern society started wide spread use of penicillin in the 1940s, dangerous germ microbes have shown up “in sharks and fish at the top of the food chain from the waters off Belize to the Florida Keys to Martha’s Vineyard.”  Again, the fear is that drug-resistant bacteria in fish could end up in human meals.

In other “food news,” scientists at Harvard Medical School reveal that high levels of the chemical bisphenol A, familiarly known as BPA,  is being absorbed from linings of canned foods into foods the cans contain.

According to Paul Taylor of the Globe and Mail, the Harvard study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, spikes fear of canned foods as BPA––also used in clear plastics, and dentistry composites and seals––is linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and other sicknesses.

Brian Skoloff of the Associated Press reports that heads of iceberg lettuce were moved from the shelves of 200 grocery stores in seven states recently “after salmonella was found in an Arizona field adjacent” to fields owned by the California company, “Growers Express.”  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration called the removals “voluntary market withdrawal” and took no other action.

Thus, while developing nations suffer from lack of food, in countries, such as the United States, where there is an abundance of food––that food is not always safe.  We must follow Our LORD’s example by helping the poor, and praying for God to bless our health with every meal (Matthew 15: 36, Mark 8: 7, Luke 9: 16).

We follow Our LORD’s example in Bible prophecies by helping the poor, and praying for God to bless our health with every meal (Matthew 15: 36, Mark 8: 7, Luke 9: 16).

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