Yes, they should…

Coverage by the Boston Globe of an ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) cluster in Southeastern MA. Not regular news coverage, but this is an OP-Ed, about Public Health (!):

Disease cluster mystery

FOR MORE than 20 years, health officials have known about a puzzling concentration of the neurodegenerative illness known as Lou Gehrig’s disease in the southeastern Massachusetts town of Middleborough. In the coming months, a study financed by the federal government and conducted by state environmental health scientists might answer the riddle of whether toxic waste from two Superfund sites in the town has caused the rare and usually fatal disease, which normally strikes just two of 100,000 people.

It would have been nice had the author seen fit to disclose the rate in the Middleborough area, and talk a bit about the odds of that cluster being a random occurrence. Let’s give the public some numbers, not everyone is innumerate.

But here’s where this OP ed really falls down, IMHO:

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Let’s feed it to our children, after all it only killed our cat

With, as a special bonus, a pop quiz to test the e_f reader…

Since they passed their pet food test with flying colors, it seems the USDA is considering allowing China to import chickens, for human consumption. Nothing, apparently, can stop the relentless wave of globalized ‘free trade’ certainly not something so stupid as a food safety concern. As reported in the Boston Globe, which has started to independently report on some health issues:

Hat tip: Ezra Klein

Chicken from China?
Questionable farming practices fuel skepticism of US plan to import poultry

By Diedtra Henderson, Globe Staff | May 9, 2007


Federal authorities are working on a proposal to allow chickens raised, slaughtered, and cooked in China to be sold here, and under current regulations, store labels do not have to indicate the meat’s origin.

Agricultural exports from China to the United States ballooned from $1 billion in 2002 to nearly $2.3 billion in 2006 , according to the US Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service . DeLauro, Democrat of Connecticut and chairwoman of a US House agricultural subcommittee , said Congress should signal its willingness to restrict imports from China until it improves food safety oversight.

Recall that it took every bit of six weeks to trace the origins of the pet food poisoning, and even that investigation isn’t complete.

But in any case, this post has a pop quiz. Just one question. Here’s the story as it appeared on the Boston Globe website, viewed on Firefox browser.

The Question is simple: What’s wrong with this picture:


Now, no fair peeking. It’s not a trick question, it really isn’t—honest.

So, the answer is found below the fold….

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Let’s feed it to our children, after all it only killed our cat