Home
Subscribe (free)
About NaturalNews
Contact Us
Write for NaturalNews
Media Info
Advertising Info
E.coli

Why Ethanol Production Boosts E.Coli in Cattle

Wednesday, October 07, 2009 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer
Tags: e.coli, health news, Natural News


Most Viewed Articles
http://www.naturalnews.com/027185_ethanol_ecoli_corn.html
Delicious
diaspora
Print
Email
Share

(NaturalNews) Emerging research is suggesting that in addition to boosting food prices, ethanol production may have another unintended consequence: higher E. coli infection rates in cattle.

In light of growing concern over global warming, ethanol -- produced from corn -- has been touted as a potentially carbon neutral liquid fuel. Government incentives for ethanol production have provided so much encouragement to the industry that corn prices have skyrocketed.

In 2007, scientists began to notice a sudden increase in contamination of beef products with the E. coli strain O157:H7, which does not harm cows but can be lethal to humans. In that year, the U.S. government recalled beef 21 times due to O157:H7 contamination, with roughly a third of those recalls sparked by reports of human illness due to the bacteria. In contrast, only eight recalls took place in 2006, none of them associated with human illness. In 2008, O157:H7 contamination remained on the rise, with 50 percent more reported cases from January through mid-October than in the same time period of 2007.

Late in 2007, researchers from Kansas State University noticed that cattle fed a diet of distillers grain -- the residue left over after the starch has been removed from corn for ethanol production -- had significantly higher levels of O157:H7 in their feces than cows fed with regular grain.

The recent spike in ethanol production has resulted in an abundance of distillers grain, driving prices down until it is cheaper than corn. In addition to the cost savings, ranchers favor distillers grain because it is higher in fat and protein than regular corn, leading to fatter cattle for the same amount of feed.

In a follow-up study, researchers infected calves with O157:H7, then fed them either distillers grain or regular grain. The bacteria proliferated more rapidly in the guts of the cows fed distillers grain. This finding was later confirmed by researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Sources for this story include: www.forbes.com.

Join the Health Ranger's FREE email newsletter
Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more...
Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time. | Learn more...

comments powered by Disqus


Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

The War on Independent Media Has Begun

A coordinated censorship attack is being waged against the entire independent media by Google, YouTube and Facebook. After we were banned by Google for nearly a week, now Facebook is deliberately blocking the sharing of our stories to further censor our important reporting for human freedom and medical choice. Soon, the only way we will be able to reach you is via email, and Google is sometimes blocking our email delivery to gmail users.

Enter your email address below to subscribe to our email announcement list (but don't use gmail). Your privacy is protected and you can unsubscribe at any time. If you don't join our email list, you may never see our valuable content again via Facebook, Google or YouTube. CENSORSHIP has now reached EXTREME levels across the 'net. The truth is being suffocated. Subscribe now if you want to escape the delusional bubble of false reality being pushed by Google and Facebook.

Once you click subscribe, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free subscription.