Why the Ethanol Boom Means More E. Coli Burgers | Mother Jones

Why the Ethanol Boom Means More E. Coli Burgers | Mother Jones.

I have a friend who believes that everything is connected. You cannot alter one thing, no matter how subtly without that change having an unexpected effect somewhere down the line. Some refer to that as the “Butterfly Effect”. [The formation of a hurricane may be caused by the flapping of a distant butterfly’s wings.] Human beings through the ages have been working hard to upset the balance of nature by changing things arbitrarily without giving sufficient thought to possible consequences. As this article in Mother Jones points out, the addition of ethanol to gasoline, supposedly a good thing, has the spin-off effect of increasing the risk of e-coli infection. Definitely a bad thing. Chalk up another one to lack of forethought. We’re on a roll.

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