What is most significant in this salmonella frenzy is not the number of humans who have fallen ill so far—an estimated 1,300 cases have been documented—but the number of eggs that must be recalled in order to try to slow the spread: about 500 million from two Iowa distributors. This lopsided ratio demonstrates just how difficult it is to find the elusive infected egg once a bacterium like salmonella gets loose in the henhouse. It also shines a light on the ineffectiveness of our federal regulators at monitoring and controlling the process of egg production. [...]
As congressional investigations begin into the causes of the current salmonella outbreak in eggs, all the media attention is creating an opportunity to finally reform the way chickens are raised and eggs are produced. Cooking an egg fully may kill the bacteria and protect your intestines, and screening for salmonella may keep it from getting onto your egg in the first place, but far more fundamental is the need to improve the conditions where the egg is laid.
Slate calls for the end of battery cages. But I think we need a far more fundamental change.
You can wait for the government to take action or you can act now to protect your health and protect animals: you can go vegan!
To help you go vegan, here are some egg-less cooking tips:
Here is a list of some egg replacement options:
- Ener-G egg replacer
- Ground up flax seeds
- Mashed banana
- Soy milk curdled with vinegar
- Soy yogurt
- Agar powder