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  •  and its a valid point (3+ / 0-)
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    Catesby, duhban, greenearth

    though lets not pretend that veggies aren't hosed down with pesticides, though given your credibility and passion about this topic, i'm sure you've done the research and have found out that it isn't an issue.  i haven't done the research or read reports so i am not feigning ignorance, just wallowing in it.

    there are reports about meat, especially at big box retailers, colonized with MRSA, and the last report i read showed 85% of meat at wal-mart and target having MRSA, though i cannot seem to find this report.  in response, i have been trying to buy less meat and higher quality meat.  i am lucky to live in north carolina where finding awesome local meats is no problem at all, but when i lived in florida, that was a big problem.

    btw, thanks for your reporting on these topics.  i know it is not easy to try to give us meat-eaters to give up our roasted flesh.

    •  My dog got a bacterial (5+ / 0-)

      infection from sniffing around coyote scat.

      It attacked all his skeletal muscles rapidly.  He almost died except for this one incredible vet who not only diagnosed him correctly but put him on a seriously aggressive treatment.

      My point is, wherever food is grown you are going to find wildlife defecating.  And they have some horrible diseases.

      So whatever food you choose, please always cook it properly.

    •  They also use antibiotics (1+ / 0-)
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      on fruits and vegatables.

      Antibiotics have been used since the 1950s to control certain bacterial diseases of high-value fruit, vegetable, and ornamental plants. Today, the antibiotics most commonly used on plants are oxytetracycline and streptomycin. In the USA, antibiotics applied to plants account for less than 0.5% of total antibiotic use. Resistance of plant pathogens to oxytetracycline is rare, but the emergence of streptomycin-resistant strains of Erwinia amylovora, Pseudomonas spp., and Xanthomonas campestris has impeded the control of several important diseases. A fraction of streptomycin-resistance genes in plant-associated bacteria are similar to those found in bacteria isolated from humans, animals, and soil, and are associated with transfer-proficient elements. However, the most common vehicles of streptomycin-resistance genes in human and plant pathogens are genetically distinct. Nonetheless, the role of antibiotic use on plants in the antibiotic-resistance crisis in human medicine is the subject of debate.

      Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

      by skohayes on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 03:02:55 AM PDT

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