it might be our farms, pastures, and just are whole food chain in general:All this talk about spinach, E. coli, cow poop, and processing plants can really make your head spin. But, in case your brains aren’t fried yet, take a look this recent article by New York Times writer Michael Pollan. Maybe the problem isn’t just the E. coli,
If industrial farming gave us this bug, it is industrial eating that has spread it far and wide. We don’t yet know exactly what happened in the case of the spinach washed and packed by Natural Selection Foods, whether it was contaminated in the field or in the processing plant or if perhaps the sealed bags made a trivial contamination worse. But we do know that a great deal of spinach from a great many fields gets mixed together in the water at that plant, giving microbes from a single field an opportunity to contaminate a vast amount of food. The plant in question washes 26 million servings of salad every week. In effect, we’re washing the whole nation’s salad in one big sink.