I keep ignoring the outbreak. That's because I know where my vegetables, meat and eggs come from. Thus, it does not change my view on vegetables. I still buy tomatoes and eat them raw – I just don't like cucumbers.
I have close relatives in Hamburg, the city where the most cases have/had been reported. Of course they are concerned but they also keep eating vegetables. They, though not "paleo" at all, buy mostly organic-ish stuff from regional producers. And we keep in mind that in this case you won't drop dead just by eating contaminated food.
As I see it the main problem in this situation is that once again there's only talk about the symptoms but not the causes. The fact that the bacteria have their origin in animal concentration camps is mentioned as a side note at best but no one is interested in adressing that problem. Fact is, Germany is a grandmaster-producer of crappy meat. So bad that enthusiasts prefer to have their meat shipped around the globe from Argentina and so cheap we export our own meat products to the poorest countries in the world.
Agriculture is completely messed up here (in fact, we shouldn't call it *culture anymore). The current outbreak is just one symptom and curing it does not change anything. This "issue" only kills quick enough for the mass media to deem it worth to covering in.
Hate to break the news to you, but E. coli (and a number of other pathogens) is just as serious with meat. Even when you buy local, it only takes one person to not wash his hands after going to the bathroom to get a variety of food born illnesses.
It does reconfirm my commitment to wash fruits and vegetables before eating them and to thoroughly cook meat.
Well I do find it scary and being that I am from Sweden I think I will be avoiding cucumber mostly at least for a bit.
My family eats cauliflower, red bell peppers, spinach, mushrooms, broccoli more than other vegetables. I have read it's mainly cucumber that contains this particular virus strain. At least that is what they are telling us.
Escherichia coli is coming from all different things not only vegitables. It's scary stuff!
It's my understanding that the E.coli strains that are making people so ill are due to grain feeding ruminants, causing their digestive tract to become more acidic. The E.coli that grow and reproduce in that acidic environment can survive the acidity of the human stomach (which would kill off typical E.coli strains), thus making people who consume food contaminated with it quite ill. I try whenever possible to stick with grass-fed, pastured meat, be it chicken, beef, or bison.
Seems, that it may be sprouts from and ORGANIC farm. Now what?
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