Monday, July 13, 2009

Food Safety?

It is no question that everyone wants the food they consume to be safe. But, have we crossed the line? Is this really the future of food? I hope not.

Debbie Roos, NC Cooperative Extension Agriculture Agent in Chatham County, has passed on another stimulating and disturbing article from the San Francisco Chronicle about how food safety is going overboard. Crops, Ponds Destroyed in Quest for Food Safety talks about the extreme measures an organic grower is taking to make sure his produce isn't contaminated by wildlife. The article also mentions that these same extreme measures of removing vegetation could be making the produce less safe. All in all, are we rushing forward before we have the science to back it up? What we do have, however, is the experience that tells us local produce is not causing the problem. I'd like to hear your comments!

If you would like to stay abreast of the food safety legislature in Washington, visit President Obama's Food Safety Working Group's website and please send them your comments.

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