One oft-repeated claim in the conscientious omnivore literature is that grass-fed beef is dramatically safer than feedlot beef when it comes to E. coli.
Well, Slate just did a thorough debunking of this claim, and traces it back to none other than…Nina Planck! From Planck, this falsehood was apparently then picked up by Michael Pollan and, by virtue of appearing his Omnivore’s Dilemma, soon became conventional wisdom in foodie circles.
Longtime readers of this blog will recall that Planck is infamous among vegans for smugly declaring in the pages of the New York Times that:
Children fed only plants will not get the precious things they need to live and grow.
Despite a sustained outcry, the New York Times refused to issue a correction over this ridiculous claim. And it’s not like Planck, who—speaking of endangering children— advocates the consumption of raw dairy products “for mother and baby,” would be the sort of person to come forward to correct such a blatant error.
Pollan, on the other hand, is hands down the most listened to authority on food today. If the claims made in this Slate article check out, it’s incumbent upon him to issue a correction and change his position accordingly.
Sort of sucks for conscientious omnivores that you have to handle all beef, even grass fed, as though it’s toxic waste. Too bad, so sad. Maybe in his correction, Pollan will deign to at long last give an approving nod to meatless eating. One can dream. (Via Jolley.) Link.