Another Recall on Romaine Lettuce
Is this going to be an every Thanksgiving thing?? Errrr. Again we are being told not to buy Romaine Lettuce due ti a recall (see detailed infor below).
Family Farms vs. Commercial Growers
Small family farms don’t have these problems. What they grow, they feed to their families. They take care in how they raise their crops. Yes, it costs more, but being sick for 3-7 days, potential hospitalization or death for the young, old, and infirm, is worth every penny of the difference.
Where does e.coli come from? Raw feces. I know, ewww. But farmers use manure (animal feces) to fertilize the crops, especially green crops. It’s rich in nitrogen, which helps green crops grow.
Manure needs to be aged, or “cooked” by composting, to kill off bacteria, including e.coli. I’m not an expert, but I remember touring a school years ago that teaches old organic farming methods and they said they aged their manure 18 months, with a specific turning method.
Commercial farms don’t do this. Additionally, many commercial produce farms may be near mega-dairy farms where rain run-off will contaminate the produce. And, it gets in the water table, so any watering done by a well would also be contaminated.
Shop Family Farms
Shop local, when you can. Support small family farms. Pay a little more. Your family’s health is worth the effort and cost.
Here’s the recall information:
Romaine Lettuce Recall 11-22-2019
Sad that we need to do this again this Thanksgiving.