Sunday, May 29, 2011

Killer Veges?

Killer Cucumber' Bug From Spain Hits Britain

When are people going to wake up and learn where e coli comes from? E. coli, short for Escherichia coli, is a type of bacteria commonly found in the intestines of animals and humans. So, in order for it to get in or on your your meat and vegetables, they have to be contaminated with it. In other words, covered in crap! Or, handled by a person who can't wash their hands after they crap.

Water sources can also be contaminated via raw sewage or animal waste being dumped into the water source. Nice huh?

So, in short, if you'd like to avoid picking up some nasty bug that will really ruin your day, know where your food comes from! Buy local produce from someone that knows how to grow it and if you can, butcher for yourself!

2 comments:

  1. You bring up a good point. As a small scale farmer, what safety measures do we have to take to avoid such a problem. For example, we have goats on our property. Many times we start gardens where goats have previously roamed. What is the potential for contamination there? What about using goat manure as fertilizer? What precautions should be taken?

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  2. Hello Anon, excellent question. This is what I do -Compost the manures before using them in the garden. At least a year. If you have several animals, it doesn't take very long to get a good sized pile going and the heat building up. Another good precaution is don't clean your critter pens and then pick your veges. Wash you hands first.

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