Government policies push farmers to produce massive amounts of extremely cheap corn to satisfy the needs of the multinationals.
These multinationals are able to buy corn under the production costs. The lobbying power that these multinationals have is unprecedented.
So why is corn such a big deal? Well, more than 90% of products in the supermarket contain either a corn or soybean ingredient.
Corn can be found in (the list is not exhaustive):
- Peanut Butter
- Salad Dressing
- Motrin (ibuprofen)
- Fast Food
Corn is the source of many of the obscure ingredients in processed food some of which are mentioned below:
- high-fructose corn syrup
- xanthan gum
- ascorbic acid
Corn and the Deadlly E. Coli O157:H7 Bacteria
Corn is the main component in feed ingredients. It is being fed to chickens, pigs, cows, and nowadays even fish.
It is unnatural for a cow to eat this cheaply created feed which is mainly corn. Cows are designed to eat grass, period!
However, corn is cheap and it makes them fat quickly.
Feeding corn to cows causes them to develop the E. coli O157:H7 bacteria which when passed on to humans through beef products can be fatal.
One hamburger contains thousands of different cows ground up together. This increases the odds that the dangerous bacteria can be found in your hamburger exponentially. It takes just one of those thousands of cows to be carrying it.
Note that E. coli is commonly found in the gut of warm blooded organisms. The problem is that when you feed cows corn it mutates into the O157:H7 variety which never existed before and yet today has become a major threat to us.
How do I Protect Myself?
The bad news is that no one actually cares because the regulatory agencies are controlled by the same companies that they are supposed to be keeping an eye on.
The good news is that you can limit the threat of food poisoning including ones caused by E. coli O157:H7 by following the steps below:
- Buy pasteurized products as they have been heated to destroy bacteria.
- Confirm that lakes, pools and other water supplies are properly treated with chlorine before taking a swim or drinking.
- If you have bloody diarrhea and suspect it may be from E. coli, contact your doctor immediately.
- Do not take diarrhea medicine or antibiotics as they will slow down the digestion process giving the body more time to absorb the E. coli.
- Cook all types of beef and especially ground beef to at least 160°F (71°C).
- When cooking, wash your hands with hot, soapy water, especially after you touch raw meat.
- Wash tools and kitchen surfaces that have come in contact with raw meat.
End of Part 2
It is by the grace of God that we survive so much threat in our world today; most of which is man-made. The way we treat animals and produce our food is unacceptable. What makes it even worse is the fact that most of us turn a blind eye to this issue. This is strange because we are the very people who are in danger of getting sick or even dying because of it.
The question we all need to ask ourselves is this: “Are we ready to educate ourselves and our loved ones on such matters so we can make the right choices?”
Stay tuned for the 3rd and final part which I will be posting on Saturday the 15th of March.