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Poo Flavored Meat

(Got E.coli?)

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.

Ricola- wait, I mean E.coli.  The USDA had just found another 370,000 pounds of tainted meat in addition to the 75,000 they’ve already found.  If you live in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington or Wyoming you may want to check it.  (San Jose Mercury News)

Good diet fuels athletes- vegetarianism is growing.  Around one in four college students ask for a veg meal at dinner time.  But what about nutrition for athletes? (Miami Herald)

Pesticides slow plant growth- a good (albeit technical) article on how pesticides actually slow down the growth rate of plants.  P.S. it’s probably not good to eat the stuff either (ScienceDaily)

Whole Foods - Wild Oats merger, not happening?- The FTC is suing to stop it.  Why?  Because they don’t want Whole Foods to corner the market on organic and natural food.  But wait, what about all the big grocery chains that are also carrying most of the same stuff? (NYtimes via Ethicurean)

Slow food elitism-  food snobbery around high quality food?  Can only rich people with time on their hands enjoy slow food? (grist)

Meat without the animals- dream come true or stomach turning?  Dutch researchers are working to create meat in the lab. (reuters)

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