In a message dated 4/19/2000 6:10:22 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> So what's so hard about the concept of cooking one's eggs before eatingthem?
In the area of food pathogens, we have been misled into focusing on the
pathogen rather than on the food. To kill the pathogen by pasteurizing or
cooking the food does not address the question of why the food was a suitable
medium for the growth of the pathogen. Food of high vitality and quality does
not support the growth of pathogens. To kill the pathogens does not make food
of high vitality, but merely, food free from pathogens. Eating food with
pathogens can lead to an immediate illness or death. Eating pathogen free
foods that are devitalized leads to a slow deterioration in health.
Surely we can agree that growing food is about life and sustaining life. We
can also agree that to wage war against Nature by using pesticides is a
desperate attempt to correct poor farming practices. Crops of high vitality
are not ravaged by insects. Killing the insects does not improve a poorly
cultivated crop. Agents of death do not promote life. The issue of pathogens
fits into the same thinking. It's not the pathogens that we should fear, but
rather, the low quality or vitality of the food that supports their growth.
Alan Ismond, P.Eng.
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