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How to Think Global & Cook Local

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Americans are eating more crap than ever before. And, I mean that both figuratively AND literally. We are increasingly relying on imported foods from less developed countries – primarily because it’s cheaper – where sanitation standards are lax and feces contamination is common.

Seafood and fresh produce are of particular concern. A recent statement issued by the American Society for Microbiology pointed out that most of the cases of contamination involving imported food in the U.S. are related to exposure to fecal matter. And it’s no wonder when you consider some of the farming practices. For example, according to coverage in The Vancouver Sun, “In Thailand, chicken coops with as many as 20,000 birds are often suspended in rows above ponds used for farming shrimp and fish. The sea life feeds on the chicken waste that falls in the water.”

Ew.

The article also states “Food producers in China regularly use untreated human and animal waste for feeding farmed fish meant for eating and for fertilizing land to grow produce.”

Ew. Ew.

And, our under-funded FDA cannot possibly monitor everything coming across the border, so buyer beware.

If that’s not enough to compel you to start finding food that’s grown closer to home, read the rest of this article at HealthyChild.org to learn more about this issue and how you can navigate your way to safer food.

 

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