Let Them Eat Shit (Literally)

Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc FRSA

Approximately seven million Americans suffer from food-borne illnesses every year. (The figures for other western nations are proportionately similar.)

One reason for what is now undeniably a major epidemic is the fact that animal manure remains attached to or mixed with meat which is sent to the shops for human consumption.

Another reason for the food-borne epidemic is the fact that many cooks do not prepare meat properly – often by not cooking it thoroughly.

But the use of animal excrement as animal feed must be another major cause of illness.

The millions of farm animals reared to satisfy the western world’s apparently insatiable demand for meat between them produce an enormous amount of waste. Farm animals in the United States produce ten times as much waste as the human population, and an expert working at the University of Georgia pointed out that just seven chickens produce as much manure as one human being. In America, where around seven billion chickens are raised and killed every year, the annual production of excrement now totals in excess of 1.5 billion tons.

Getting rid of this enormous quantity of excrement obviously poses something of a problem to farmers. You simply can’t spread it all on the fields as fertiliser. (Getting rid of just some of that excrement by dumping it onto the land is one reason that drinking water supplies are so polluted.)

And so, in an attempt to get rid of all this toxic waste, farmers now frequently mix animal waste into livestock feed. Chicken litter is particularly commonly dealt with in this way (perhaps because its composition makes it easier to deal with – and the quantity of it makes its disposal a real problem).

In some areas of America roughly one in every five chicken farmers now uses their chicken manure for cattle feed. Such laws as there are only seem to apply to commercial feed manufacturers, and so farmers who keep both chicken and cattle seem to be able to feed chicken manure to cows with impunity. I have no doubt that this same practice is followed in other areas of the world where farmers keep chicken and cattle.

I am convinced that the mixing of chicken manure in with animal feed is an important cause of infection. Chicken commonly carries the salmonella bug (among others). And so the cattle who eat the chicken manure also then become infected with the salmonella.

It is hardly surprising that food borne disease is now commonplace.

Taken from Superbody by Vernon Coleman, available as an ebook on Amazon

Copyright Vernon Coleman 2017

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