If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there does it make a sound?

April 17th, 2009

If a frog swims in your farm pond does it mean your produce contains e-coli?

If a frog swims in your farm pond does it mean your produce contains e-coli?

I was recently reading an article about central coast California growers that have been shooting and poisoning wildlife because over three years ago, wild pigs were linked to a deadly e-coli outbreak of California spinach.

I’m not sure how one goes about testing wild animals or which ones to test in order to determine that they are responsible for contaminating a food product. I wonder if they get tested for rabies at the same time.

The fish and game department released results of that testing this month that indicates that wild life is not the problem many thought it was and that the extreme measures mentioned above are not necessary.

Evidently the spinich that sickened thousands and killed three was grown on a cattle ranch east of Salinas California. This obviously begs the question as to whether or not the cattle were tested or if the farmers are shooting their cattle.

So let’s hope that our underfunded government organizations leave the frogs, deer, birds and wild pigs are to their foraging and we invest our underfunded and understaffed resources in a more logical pursuit of food safety.

While we are talking about wild pigs, let’s also hope that the federal government stops using their relatives (domestic pigs) in crash testing for military vehicle safety.

Sometimes daily events just make you wonder.

We look forward to and appreciate your comments.
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