"About two years ago, dozens of workers at a large chicken hatchery in Arkansas began experiencing mysterious skin rashes, with painful lumps scattered over their hands, arms, and legs.
"They hurt real bad," says Joyce Long, 48, a 32-year veteran of the hatchery, where until recently, workers handled eggs and chicks with bare hands. "When we went and got cultured, doctors told us we had a superbug."
Its name, she learned, was MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. This form of staph bacteria developed a mutation that resists antibiotics (including methicillin), making it hard to treat, even lethal. According to the CDC, certain types of MRSA infections kill 18,000 Americans a year — more than die from AIDS...in recent years, studies have found MRSA in retail cuts of pork, chicken, beef, and other meats in the United States, Europe, and Asia. To get answers, we investigated how MRSA has entered our food supply"
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When ya read the 200+ comments, youse gonna find that some say "organic" ain't much improvement on account of organic farmers using raw (ish) manure slurries to fertilize thangs, an' thas' how the "Super bugs" got in the food in the first place.
I ain't got no ideas to offer...jes' thought I'd scare the whoopy-doo out of ya' an then leave ya' frettin'.
On the other hand, if youse dietin', read this onc't a day an' you'll be less tempted to cheat. Heh.
Oh one more thang--last few years has seen an increase in new small farms. What does ya think? Folks is worriet about gettin' off grid , or, they jes' want some decent food?