Top News

LETTER: Romaine lettuce not root cause

Contact The Guardian to submit a letter to the Editor.
Contact The Guardian to submit a letter to the Editor. - SaltWire Network

Dozens of people have been sickened - and at least two have died - because of recent E. coli outbreaks in the United States and Canada. Some health officials have been blaming romaine lettuce for the outbreaks, so many people may not realize that meat consumption is the root cause of the problem.

Plant-based foods don’t naturally harbor E. coli bacteria. It lives in the intestinal tracts and feces of warm-blooded animals. When cow or chicken manure is used to fertilize crops or leaks into waterways, fruits and vegetables can become contaminated. (Cross-contamination can also occur when produce is placed on the same surface as meat, or when someone doesn’t practice proper hygiene.)

When more people go vegan, fewer animals will be bred for food, lessening the threat of E. coli contamination. See www.PETA.org for more information and free vegan recipes and product suggestions.

Heather Moore,

The PETA Foundation,

Norfolk, VA

Recent Stories