Unintended consequence

Clean Overkill

The relentless expansion of usda regulations to make our food supply super-clean appears to have backfired, big time. A New York Times article titled “Invite Some Germs to Dinner” points out that the American food industry is the safest in the world, but food-borne illnesses have not decreased. In fact, the number of people getting sick from pathogens and autoimmune diseases is growing. According to the “hygiene hypothesis,” over-the-top industrial food sanitation practices (ahem, mandated by the usda) have harmed our “microbiome.” A little science lingo, there — meaning all the bacteria, viruses, mites, and fungi that live in and on our bodies. Turns out, thanks to our over-clean food, our immune system is so underemployed that it attacks the body’s own tissues and overreacts to harmless substances. Which is what you get when food safety nannies run amuck — while cleaning up taxpayer money.

From The Limbaugh Letter, July 2015