This op-ed piece in the morning paper got me heading out to my local farmer’s market with an extra mesh bag. It’s entitled "Something’s Rotten in Food Oversight."
Today American food is more manufactured than grown. Following a
scorched-earth approach, workers wearing "spacesuits" inject nerve
agents into the soil before planting, leaving nothing alive. Hogs grow
enclosed in facilities several stories high. Tomatoes are picked green,
gassed and then canned.
Read the whole thing but I’m warning you – the big-picture look at the issue is even grimmer. The authors’ sarcastic sign-off is "But don’t despair. September is National Food Safety Education Month." Mine own sign-off would be something like: "Despair big-time if something major doesn’t change in November. Like control of our worse-than-useless Congress."