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What we eat. What we eat eats.

   The epicures in The Buffalo News Opinion corner must be hungry. Two of the last three lead editorials have been about food.

- The feds scramble - Buffalo News Editorial
   A nostalgic view of agriculture as a bucolic pursuit, the calling of Jeffersonian yeoman farmers who are one with the land, has for far too long kept many facets of food production outside the view of governmentAdamgreeneggs safety regulators.
   The current recall of more than half a billion eggs -- most of which had already been eaten -- is further evidence that the old attitude toward food production is not only out of date, it is potentially fatal.
   [Iowa to review feed mill at center of egg recall - AP/Buffalo News 8/27/10
   The commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Margaret Hamburg, can do little about the situation beyond what she has done ...
   The understanding that such industrial companies can hide behind the name of agriculture, evading scrutiny and putting more deadly poisons into our national food supply, should be all the Senate needs to motivate it to finally move ahead on the need for tighter regulation of this national threat. [S. 510: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act ]

- Limit animal antibiotics - Buffalo News Editorial
   If anyone should understand how plants and animals evolve through the intervention of human agency, it's the farmers and the scientists of the agribusiness world. Over the centuries, they have selected and combined and weeded and cross-pollinated to create everything from cows that give a lot of milk to corn that stands up tall and straight.
   What too many of them don't seem to get, however, is that they are also creating another breed of creatures. But this one won't help the farmer's bottom line, or contribute to the consumer's dinner table. It will pose a threat to large numbers of human beings who will never set foot on a farm.
   That's why it is imperative that a bill promoted by U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter should become law (the bill is the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act, H.R. 1549), and why it is troubling that the state's major farm group is one of the major impediments to its success.
   [Slaughter seeks to limit animal antibiotics - Buffalo News 8/22/10
   Here is how it works. And this is where the theory of evolution is cold, irrefutable fact, no matter what anyone thinks about how old the earth is or whether the thought of being a cousin to a chimpanzee leaves you queasy. ...
   In humans, this means we should not be bugging our doctors to prescribe us antibiotics when the bugs we really have are viruses, which don't care about antibiotics. In animals, this argues against the widespread agricultural practice of adding antibiotics to animal feed as a means of supposedly preventing disease and apparently speeding animal growth. Both are practices that cannot help but hasten the day when currently potent antibiotics become as useless as a bow and arrow against an F-16.

   Other commentary on food safety issues. [Nobody, as far as we know, has been killed by the tainted eggs. So we don't have to resist the obligatory puns]:
- Egg on their faces - Gainesville Sun Editorial
- Food Safety Scrambled - Bangor Daily News Editorial
- Food safety is broken in U.S - Detroit Lakes [Minn.] Tribune 
- FDA needs power to make improve food safety - San Jose Mercury News Editorial
- Large violators of food-safety laws need to know they could be put out of business - Musatine [Iowa] Journal Editorial
- Enrollment in Medicare Part D Linked to Increased Antibiotic Use - MedScape Today   

   -- George Pyle/The Buffalo News

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