My Post as seen on Everythingcollies.com due to it’s immediate importance.
Wow, it’s not as easy to go shopping today as it was in the good ole days of yesteryear. Our human numbers have become very large. In fact if we saw another species numbering so large we would see to it that we started to thin out the crop a bit. We would feel justified in doing so for some reason. You may wonder where am I going with this? Well, when a species gets large in number they must eat and eliminate. There are problems that come with that large number. One of our problems of such large numbers of us is that we consume large quantities of food sources. This leads us to the recent Egg crisis. Yes, eggs made it into the news as being contaminated and causing many deaths in the United States in the past few weeks. As of September 1st. there have been 1,300.00 sickened by Salmonella poisoning in the US.
Yes it makes sense that if Hens are confined in tight cages right up next to each other that pathogens and bacteria can spread more easily and rapidly, but on the other hand Hens can become infected from wildlife. But isn’t there such a thing as the immune system that can fend off infection that will better be able to take care of things if the Hen is not stressed in a caged type of situation? If a Hen is sickened in a free range environment then the chances of spread would also be less or at least slower than in a condition of extreme stress and close confinement.
So best thing is to know where your egg is from when you are buying your eggs. There are so many labels out there now that this is getting difficult to know what to do? The Animal Humane breaks this down in a very detailed list: Egg Carton Labels. My picks would be Certified Humane or Animal Welfare Approved, with the last not having any that sell to grocery stores. See for yourself and click on the above link, Egg Carton Labels and find out for yourself which one you wish to purchase. The last item on this list is one that really got to me and that is that the male chicks, Roosters at an egg ranch are killed! Just makes me want to buy my own Hens and produce my own darn eggs.
It really comes down to having problems from mass production and not being self sufficient in our own areas. It really seems as if we need to look at scaling down. Senate Bill 510: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Doesn’t seem to be in favor of down sizing but in favor of the larger farmer and rancher. There will be a fee for involved when it comes to recalls, reinspection’s and importation activities, anyone selling foods home grown other than for personal use will be charged a fee for any noncompliance . It seems to me that the FDA sees this as a way to pass laws for it’s own purposes rather to seriously look at what is wrong with an inhumane system. See section 107, Part 6- Fees Related to Food SEC. 743. Authority to Collect and Use Fees. Read a little about it and if you feel driven, make a call to your States Senator. I called the author of the bill, Senator Richard J Durbin’s office in Washington and found the issue very involved. We need to make small sustainable food sources more accessible not less!
Beltorions, the site that I found the video below, has suggested to me people can also find very useful information at the below listed site. You can find a petition that you can sign as well regarding our free choice to maintain the option to choose natural and herbal products as healthy alternatives for our physical well being. Basically the FDA has control over how they see nutritional supplements. When speaking with the Washington office of Richard Durbin today I was told that if the FDA can choose to categorize them as foods or as drugs. This bill will not protect herbal supplements from whatever the FDA decides.