market-farming Sprouts Linked to Deadly Infection

Lion Kuntz lionkuntz at
Mon Aug 27 11:04:43 EDT 2001

E.Coli in the newslists again. 
Every six months or so this cycle repeats. ABC is the source of the latest "news". A report totally contradicting thousands of scientific investigations is blaming sprouts for contaminating humans with a deadly animal parasitic bacteria. 

Although the United States Government Center for Disease Control finds 90% of all E.Coli infections can be traced to infected beef cattle, dairy products from infected dairy cattle, or secondary contaminations from their contaminated feces, somebody is reporting that half or more of all food poisoning in California is caused by non-host plants whom have no colon at all. 

The article reported by ABC is too skimpy to provide credible details, such as by what pathways does e.coli take to get internally into alfalfa or clover seeds. 

1) See the original ABC article (link below), 
2) Another ABC article from January 2001 finding e.coli in half of all cattle and beef/dairy raw products (link below), 
3) The CDC e.coli pages (link below), 
4) EPA report on purifying your soil amendments by vermicomposting (link below), and 
5) Decontaminating your fresh raw edibles using Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide (link below). 

ABC has repeatedly attacked small agriculture, particularly "organic" agriculture which is a very profitable segment of small agriculture, by creating public fears of impending death by e.coli from small scale grower products. ABC ran a 20-20 segment by John Stossel which had Dennis Avery falsely claiming that the Center for Disease Control had found that up to 90% of organic produce was contaminated with the deadly strain of e.coli (H7:0157). 

ABC and Dennis Avery have been permanently exposed as shills for large agricorps. They have no credibility and their words are valueless. 

Now, perhaps "The Annals of Internal Medicine" may be about to join them in infamy and shame of false and fraudulent irresponsible reporting. 

Sprouts Linked to Deadly Infection 
By Jeff Carpenter 
A study in this week's Annals of Internal Medicine found that more than half of confirmed food-borne illnesses in California were linked to alfalfa or clover sprouts between 1996 and 1998 

New E. Coli Beef Danger 
Deadly Bug Could Affect Half of U.S. Cattle 
W A S H I N G T O N, Nov. 10 — A deadly strain of E. coli bacteria is far more common in U.S. cattle than previously thought, and may be found in half the animals that are made into ground beef, steaks and other cuts, a senior U.S. Agriculture Department official said today. 

e.coli H&:0157 -- 
Clinical Features: Acute bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps with little or no fever; usually lasts 1 week. 
Transmission: Major source is ground beef; other sources include consumption of unpasteurized milk and juice, sprouts, lettuce, and salami, and contact with cattle. 

Analytical results showed that all of the pathogen indicators in the test row had a greater reduction than in the control row. EPA's required three- to four-fold re-duction was achieved in all of the pathogen indicators within 144 hours. Fecal coliform, Salmonella sp. and enteric virus achieved the EPA goal in 24 hours, 72 hours and 72 hours, respectively...
...After just 24 hours, the test row samples showed an average six-fold reduction (98.70 percent) of fecal coliforms; the control row samples had a less than one-fold average reduction (20 percent). Samples collected every 24 hours for 14 days showed that reductions continued in both the test and control rows. However, the reductions in the test row were much greater and quicker than those of the control. ...more... 

Oxygen Therapies - Hydrogen Peroxide H2O2 
There are many variations of H2O2, with highly diluted 35% Unadulterated Food-grade Hydrogen Peroxide the one being of interest to us. 

It was a farmer from the Tulbagh area about 2h outside Cape Town who pointed H2O2 out to me, and his mentioning of the benefits made me listen up. 

Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide 

To make 3% Solution, mix 1 ounce of 35% H2O2 with 11 ounces of purified or distilled water. 
Sprouting Seeds: 
Add 1 ounce 3% hydrogen peroxide to 1 pint of water and soak the seeds overnight. Add the same amount of hydrogen peroxide each time you rinse the seeds. Some people have reported 3/4 inch sprouts in 24 hours. 

--------Original Message-------- 
From: marc at 
Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2001 13:08:40 -0600 
To: "Market Farming" <market-farming at> 
Subject: [market-farming] Re: market-farming Sprouts Linked to Deadly Infection 



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