Jun 12th, 2007
Does the estimated 5.7 million pounds of E.coli infested meat have you a little worried? Last week this outbreak was reported as a small problem with only a few thousand pounds of meat being affected. Today it’s 5.7 million pounds. Could there be more? Sure, of course there’s more, but this is all the food inspectors know about right now. Tomorrow it could be 10 million for all we know. The main concern is the fact that this meat has already been eaten by consumers. It’s not like we are getting a warning stating "whatever you do, don’t eat meat from this store" ….it’s more like "oh, by the way, that meat you ate last month….um, yeah, E.coli." This is bad news in general and it demonstrates our dependence on some organization to tell us our food is safe (or not).
It’s not as grim as it may seem. There is a simple solution to avoiding this. Why not cut back or cut out meat consumption? Also, if/when you do eat meat, take the time to find out where it came from. Being able to talk to the farmer that produces our food is the real answer to food safety. Asking him or her how they grow their produce or raise their animals is key to avoiding risky food.
I recently came across a website that is yet another resource to help us locate local places that produce fresh and safe foods. The site is localharvest.org. Here is their mission.
LocalHarvest is America’s #1 organic and local food website. We maintain a definitive and reliable "living" public nationwide directory of small farms, farmers markets, and other local food sources. Our search engine helps people find products from family farms, local sources of sustainably grown food, and encourages them to establish direct contact with small farms in their local area. Our online store helps small farms develop markets for some of their products beyond their local area.