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Safety Measure Opposed By Know-Nothings

Jim Prevor’s Perishable Pundit, August 24, 2006

It is our intent to seek approval for additional food safety products effective against E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella in the next 12 months.

Of course, the announcement is arousing all the usual suspects who oppose the use of viruses because, well, as best as I can determine because “viruses” are bad, sort of like “irradiation” is bad, so we shouldn’t use irradiation.

Obviously these things are complicated. If you read the hundreds and hundreds of posts that spread on bulletin boards and blogs across the world as soon as the decision was announced — almost all opposed to this idea — you see a basic problem in the world today: People think it is a good idea to talk about things they know absolutely nothing about.

It is not that people research these things carefully, consult with relevant authorities, etc., and come to an opinion with which I disagree. It is just that they know nothing about the subject.

Forget about how we can get good food policies enacted in this environment. Worry about how democracy can survive. There has to be some deference to people who know more than you do on individual subjects. Otherwise we are toast.

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