Every year in the U.S., six and a half million people suffer serious food-borne illness, and 10,000 actually die. But according to Environment and Climate News, much of this suffering could be avoided by more widespread use of food irradiation. The process, which exposes food to radiation, much like luggage passing through an airport X-ray, has been endorsed by credible scientific bodies like the American Medical Association and World Health Organization. A few small groups have been able spread misunderstanding about the process to slow its use, but with it approved in the U.S. for everything from potatoes and poultry to pork and red meat, here’s hoping we can soon zap these dangerous food-borne organisms.

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