[OT] Radioactivity

Levi Pearson levi at cold.org
Fri Feb 23 15:14:06 MST 2007


Corey Edwards <tensai at zmonkey.org> writes:
>
> In theory, I think that's not a bad idea. I'm not personally afraid of
> irradiated meat. Despite that, I don't think irradiation is a good
> practice. People and companies will start treating irradiation as a
> silver bullet. We already have issues with cross-contamination and
> mishandled food (e.g the e. coli outbreaks, the salmonella peanut
> butter). Why should we believe these same companies are going to do
> better knowing they have irradiation to fall back on. So a little cow
> turd gets in the meat, doesn't matter. We'll nuke it. Lowest price at
> any cost, that's the American way.
>

Well, the response the pro-irradiation people have to this is that
this is the exact response that people had to pasteurization, and that
has had tremendous health benefits without any serious increase in
contamination.

                --Levi
                



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