Sunday, October 15, 2006

Silly NYTimes article

This silly NYTimes article blames the recent batch of contaminated spinach in the USA on industrial agriculture. While I'm sympathetic to the idea of the bucolic country farm where animals and vegetables gambol together in harmony and organic fueled ecstacy, the food we eat today is safer than anything in the past.

There are 300 million people in the US, each of whom eat (on average) three times a day, 365 days a year -- which comes out to 300 billion meals a year (3 x 10^11). Out of these, 5,000 prove fatal -- a rate of 0.00000001522 deaths per meal, or, zero.

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