Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Another Reason to Buy Locally Grown Food

The tomato salmonella scare is growing. It has now sickened 228 people in 23 states and there’s no culprit in sight.

Everyone is pointing fingers — so what else is new?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for 80 percent of what we eat, but geez, they seem to be responsible for the drugs people are prescribed and the medical devices people use. And with all this responsibility — problems run amuck. Unfortunately, life and death problems. 

For months, a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee has investigated the possible circumvention of government import alerts. Foods posing a potential danger can enter the marketplace only after a laboratory has determined that they are safe, according to Food and Drug Administration rules. But investigators have been told that it is a routine practice for private labs to test food until a clean result is obtained.

What with cantaloupe, spinach, and seafood food poisoning such a recent memory the FDA still doesn’t have a plan for food safety.

What now?

Consider buying produce from local farms and farmers markets. Ask how they grow the produce. What pesticides they use? Ask if you can come and visit them on the farm. Build relationships with the people who help put food on your table.

I live in Tucson, Ariz. I went into Trader Joe’s the other day and saw they had produce from Chile. I didn’t buy it. Chile is on another continent. I want to support our local farmers and local economy.


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