In high school, a half-tard teacher-in-training suggested that the presence of nitrites in food was a vast conspiracy by "big food" to give us cancer. I asked what alternative she would put in food since nitrites have virtually eliminated deaths from botulism. I got detention for being mouthy.
I am pleased that we really did find an alternative.
In the meantime, I'm sure she's doing great with that community-college degree in education.