As cantaloupe contamination makes the news, following on peanuts, meat, eggs, cookie batter, and sprouts in Europe, it is time to realize that food borne illnesses are invaluable. They produce fear, the sine qua non of industrial agriculture, the food industry and the pharmaceutical industry which itself depends on disease.
Little Red Riding Hood noticed something was wrong with the picture, and the public should be able to see the Wolf in things as well, once it notices its pattern:
Outbreak –> relentless corporate media focus on it – corporate-driven laws with regulations used not against corporations but against small farmers and other food producers –> the more to require more industrial processes destroying those producing safe natural food –> greater centralization and consolidation of monopoly power over food.
All the solutions – irradiation, chemical washes, injected ammonia, antibiotics, pasteurization, vaccines for animals – are antithetical to healthy food and to the very existence of local organic farmers.