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Spoiled: The Dangerous Truth about a Food Chain Gone Haywire
By Nichols Fox
Review by Sally Fallon
Fox is an expert in scare tactics–fresh meat, produce and milk products in the food supply harbor nests of pathogenic organisms that will poison us all and there’s no hope in sight. This comes as news to those of us who consume fresh meat, milk and produce every day and are doing just fine; or the disciples of Aajonus Vonderplanitz who eat nothing but raw foods, including raw pork, raw beef, raw eggs, raw cream and raw butter and never felt better in their lives.
The truth is that microbes like e coli are ubiquitous and relatively benign. As long as we exercise reasonable precaution in food handling, and consume a diet of whole foods, including protective fats like butter and coconut oil, we don’t need to fear food-borne illnesses.
True insurance would be a wholesale return to organic foods, including animal foods raised without antibiotics–but Fox is pessimistic that this will happen. Instead we’ll have to zap our food with radiation, or go vegetarian, she says. (Never mind that the average non-organic plant crop in America has ten applications of chemicals from start to finish, including sprays used in storage; or that most of the outbreaks of food-borne illness have been caused by vegetarian foods.)
We have more confidence than Nicols Fox does in the American consumer–who is increasingly demanding organic foods–and in the healthy body’s natural immune system that protects him from disease.