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The Health Hazards of a Fast Food Diet

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The Smaller the Farm, the Lower the Risk of Salmonella

While federal authorities like the FDA and USDA are repeatedly conducting armed raids on small organic farms, co-ops, and even organic community picnics under the pretext of protecting you from potentially hazardous foods, the REAL danger actually comes from large CAFO farms and massive food growers.

Last year, federal officials matched the 2010 salmonella outbreak to bacteria found in facilities and chicken feed at two major egg producing facilities in Iowa. The outbreak relaunched the debate over whether eggs from smaller, organic farms are safer. The answer appears to be an unequivocal yes.

In a 2010 Live Science interview, infectious disease specialist William Schaffner stated that the smaller the farm, the lower the likeliness of it harboring salmonella. “The general thinking is that larger chicken farms are much more difficult to keep clean, and this makes it easier to transmit Salmonella,” he said. This should be more or less obvious, once you consider the conditions that CAFO animals exist under.

The birds are often kept in cages that are stacked closely next to and on top of each other, promoting the growth and spread of harmful bacteria.

Studies have also confirmed that organic eggs are far safer than CAFO-raised eggs. In one study, more than 23 percent of farms with caged hens tested positive for salmonella, while just over 4 percent of organic flocks tested positive. The highest prevalence of salmonella occurred in the largest flocks (30,000 birds or more), which contained over four times the average level of salmonella found in smaller flocks.

About 95 percent of the eggs produced in the United States come from gigantic egg factories housing millions of hens under one roof. There are currently about 245 U.S. egg companies with flocks of 75,000 or more, and, of these 245 companies, 60 have at least 1 million laying hens, and 12 have more than 5 million!

These are the factories you want to avoid purchasing your eggs from, and since they make up the bulk of eggs sold in the United States, this means finding an alternative source. Fortunately, finding a small local farm or farmer’s market that sells eggs is usually not too difficult, even in suburban areas. If you need help finding a local source, check out some of the resources listed at the end of this article.

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90ís he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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9:55AM PST on Dec 7, 2012

Thanks, I re-shared this!

10:37AM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

Well, I learned something new today!! I didn't think we had any Farmer's Markets and according to this article, we have 2 in our city. I've seen individuals selling vegetables a few places during the summer, but I consider a Farmer's Market to be bigger than that and open all year.

I am leaving now to check them out!!!

1:24AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Wait, those eggs on the McMuffins are real eggs from real chickens? Why are they preformed like a disk? Why are the yolks always broken in the middle and have a rubbery texture to them? I hate those types of breakfasts... I can't eat those.

If I want stuff like that, I'll make my own. As for losing weight, gee, why would you go to the fast food joints and not get fries? And take the bun off? I still would NOT use a fast food diet to try to be healthier...

Anyway, I'm on a mission to support LOCAL places. So if I really want a burger? No fast food joint for me. Kewpees or if weather permits, grill it myself.

11:56PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

I keep craving for one type of fast food specifically. French fries with Mayonaise. Just loving it. I knew it was bad for your health, obviously, therefor I try to not eat it more then once every two weeks.....

7:09PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

Thankyou.....

2:00PM PST on Mar 1, 2012

I totally agree with this article and everything in it. I never really liked fast food anyway, but this helps reconferm my belief that fast food is nasty.
Thanks!

5:37PM PST on Feb 28, 2012

Worse than anything is the description of animal treatment in these places where animal produced food is from!!! HORRID!! These vile people who participate in this manner MUST be exposed ans done away with!!

5:36PM PST on Feb 28, 2012

We worry way too much about ourselves and not enough about the suffering of animals. If we stop their suffering and use and abuse, our diets would naturally evolve toward healthier alternatives.

8:36AM PST on Feb 28, 2012

My family eat lots of vegetables but I often buy them frozen - does this count as fresh?

3:46AM PST on Feb 28, 2012

If you want to live the fast track of life and end your life sooner rather than later than eat at fast food restaurants. All they worry about is the buck and will feed you anything.
I personally refuse to eat and contribute to fast food restaurants for many reasons.
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Somewhat of a pointless article.

I love them all! Cats sure know how to bring a smile to us humans. More cats, less humans!

I can only hope that the good farmers sell to those willing to pay well for their products.

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