Attention, armchair advocates! Here’s a chance to do a little something for animals without spending a dime or even leaving the comfort of your chair.


During the most recent salmonella outbreak, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Food and Drug Administration, an agency within HHS, focused the public’s attention first on tomatoes and now on jalapeño peppers as a likely source of the infectious bacteria. However, contaminated produce is only the last link in a chain that begins with the meat industry. It is essential for consumers to know that burgeoning meat consumption has caused a massive overproduction of chickens, cows, pigs, and other animals, leading to unprecedented production of feces that end up in rivers, streams, and irrigation water, and contaminate otherwise healthful produce.


Salmonella are intestinal organisms. Needless to say, tomatoes and peppers do not have an intestinal tract. When feces end up in irrigation water, salmonella can contaminate the surfaces of plants and can apparently pass into their rootlets, ending up inside produce. Infectious bacteria from animal feces also contaminate agricultural fields, workers’ hands, retail shelves, and kitchen surfaces.


Join the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) in calling for the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate the source of the recent salmonella contamination: the meat industry. Sign PCRM’s petition and urge your friends to sign, too. Help provide a wake up call to HHS and demand it start protecting us and our food supply.