Oct 5 2011
06:38 pm

Just in the last week, there was the killer cantaloupes and now the killer lettuce.

There is a lettuce recall over Listeria. And Tennessee is one of the 19 states this lettuce has been shipped to.

The lettuce recall over Listeria fears may be bigger than originally thought, with the California farm that issued the recall saying its notice had gone out to 19 states and Canada...
Only 90 cartons went to retail sales, said CEO Steve Church, and those were the ones mentioned in the initial announcement. The rest of the cartons, he said, went to institutions such as restaurants and cafeterias, which were notified about the recall.

As FDA inspections are getting cut to the bone by the glorious GOP, I have to ask, what is safe to eat?

Average Guy's picture

What's safe?

Food from a source with no CEO.

rikki's picture

Well played. Occupy a garden!

Well played.

Occupy a garden!

bizgrrl's picture

I was asking the same thing

I was asking the same thing less than a month ago.

In my case, I'm glad to read it is romaine. I haven't bought romaine in quite some time. Although, I've had salads at restaurants twice in the past week. Maybe I should just give up uncooked food at restaurants.

The article says the lettuce now being picked at the farm is safe but they do not know the source of the Listeria. If the do not know the source of the Listeria, how can they make us believe the lettuce will be safe once it is picked and delivered?

gonzone's picture

There's a very strong

There's a very strong argument here for home grown food. Also, perhaps a green house would be a wise investment? And a root cellar maybe? Could canning vegetables make a comeback?

To answer the question on what is safe to eat, the answer is easy: Home grown tomatoes!!

agrarianurbanite's picture

All excellent answers! If

All excellent answers! If you don't grow your own food, then know your farmer. If you can't eat local, make a point to stick to food from your watershed and/or region. Most of the tainted food seems to come from areas outside our zone. Learn to eat seasonally, too. It's not convenient, but it may keep you from being sick.

With that said, it's time to plant winter gardens. Hay bale coldframes are easy to build and will keep your greens going all winter. Also nearing the time to get garlic in the ground.

If you haven't the time, locality, or physical ability to garden, there are plenty of folks who will yard share trading time and effort for food. For example, maybe you have a nice sunny yard but not the know how or ability to garden. You may have neighbors who do but may not have a great place to garden. Offer your yard in return for education, labor, and a cut of the share.

Buy heirloom seeds from companies like Baker Creek who was featured on NPR today...I've been buying from them for 6 years. Learn to save seeds or go to seed swaps. They occur every spring. There are also canning classes all summer long. Much info at the Knoxville Permaculture Guild.

Many opportunities here. I specialize in teaching people how to grow food and thinking up options for folks. Info at my website The Agrarian Urbanites, too.

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