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There was once a time when people knew where their food came from. If you go back far enough, you’ll find that people knew exactly where their food came from because they produced it themselves or got it from someone else in their community that did. Like so many other industries that have been centralized by big industrial interests for massive profits, the food industry is more of a mystery today than it ever was. How might you answer the question of where your food came from? The local supermarket? A store that’s part of a massive chain like Wal-Mart? It’s rare these days for consumers to have a personal relationship with the people who produce their food and more and more people are realizing that’s not a good thing. Here are just a few reasons why.
1. E. Coli
This is a bacteria that makes its way into the food supply in a number of different ways. It is normally found in the excrement of animals and is very easily spread. Factory farms process many animals in a short amount of time to increase and maintain profits. With so many animals being processed so rapidly, it is much easier for one mistake to contaminate many animal products with E. coli, and result in large outbreaks that sicken thousands of people.