Authorities are blaming the recent E. coli outbreak in Europe—which has killed at least 22 people and sickened more than 2,000 others—on infected produce, so many people don’t realize that meat consumption is the root cause of the problem.
Bean sprouts, lettuce, and other plant-based foods do not 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.)
As more people adopt a vegan diet, fewer animals will be bred for food, lessening the threat of E. coli contamination. See www.PETA.org for more information.
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