A free thinker in the Heartland...

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

First Spinach, Now Lettuce?

Someone needs to fix them California farms... from the New York Times:

It is, in scope and severity, a fairly minor recall: about 8,500 cartons of lettuce, which may or may not have come into contact with irrigation water contaminated with E. coli bacteria. No one has gotten sick, the lettuce company involved emphasized, adding that the move was precautionary.

But for farmers in the Salinas Valley of California, already reeling from last month’s deadly E. coli outbreak in spinach, the timing could not have been worse.

“It clearly has the potential to set back our effort to regain consumer confidence,” said Bob Perkins, the executive director of the farm bureau in Monterey County, one of three counties to which the contaminated spinach was linked. “Right now, I don’t know how the story is playing out with the general public, whether it’s an example of another problem with the industry or it’s an example of how the system works.”

Down with veggies I say! Long Live Meat!!! Only one problem though, I love lettuce, tomato, and onion on my hamburgers...

I will manage. Somehow.