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So after covering it in tortured animal sh*t / waste they want to irradiate it!

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New - "glow in the dark" iceberg lettuce and fresh spinach.

Quote - "The FDA insists the practice is safe, and the agency says that when irradiated under the conditions specified in the final rule, the greens retain their nutrient value."

My addition - ".....and the sh*t will retain its flavor".

Nice decision for Americans by the FDA!


The article -

+A Fresh Irradiated Salad+

+The FDA Approved Irradiation of Lettuce and Fresh Spinach. Is That the Best Way to Prevent Foodborne Illness?+

By Annie Bell Muzaurieta

We've seen our fair share of outbreaks of foodborne illness over the past few years.

In an effort to address this problem, the FDA announced last week a final rule that allowed the use of ionizing radiation on iceberg lettuce and fresh spinach to control foodborne pathogens such as E. coli, and to make the products last longer on the grocery store shelf.

Currently, some hamburger meat, poultry and spices are irradiated to kill bacteria, but until now US producers were not allowed to irradiate fruits and vegetables for food safety.

Fresh iceberg lettuce and fresh spinach that has been irradiated will have to be labeled with a “radura” logo along with either the statement “Treated with radiation” or “Treated by irradiation.”

The FDA insists the practice is safe, and the agency says that when irradiated under the conditions specified in the final rule, the greens retain their nutrient value.

But does this really address the source of the problem?

Stephen Hedges in the Chicago Tribune writes that this is the latest example of the FDA using a technical fix to treat a biological problem.

He suggests that each of these decisions--approving irradiation on meat, approving the application of carbon monoxide gas to keep meat red, approving the sale of meat and dairy products from cloned cows--"has broadened the philosophical divide between food manufacturers, which generally favor the expanded use of such technology, and many food safety and organic food groups that oppose it."

Bill Freese, a science policy analyst with the Center for Food Safety in Washington, is quoted in the article: "Food irradiation is a pseudo-fix. It's a way to try to come in and clean up problems that are created in the middle of the food production chain. I think it's clearly a disincentive to clean up the problems at the source."

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    Posted by gr8vegan at 09/08/08 20:38:46

    Its so frustrating. I posted about this on the postpunkkitchen and was attacked by 90% of the people who replied saying irradiation was great! At least its labeled so I can stay the heck away from it! I wonder if restaurants will inform patrons if they are using irradiated products?

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    Posted by JohnnySensible at 09/09/08 06:47:29

    This is a model business - a 100% "sh*t free" farm.

    None of their veggies will ever need to be irradiated as they put no e-coli / salmonella containing slurry on their fields.

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    Posted by gr8vegan at 09/10/08 04:52:13

    I am all for Veganic Farming. My next place I hope going to have room for a nice veganic garden.

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    Posted by Tatiana at 09/10/08 09:17:37

    Why even bother irradiating our food, why not just cut to the chase and irradiate us? It's "safe", right?...........

    Very frustrating. Instead of fixing the actual problem, they find a way to put a bandaid on it.

    I get almost all my produce local and organic. As far as I've seen, the organic farmers I've dealt with use green manure and compost. But..that doesn't necessarily mean all of then do.

    Good news is I don't think my local farmers will be irradiating their produce before I get it.

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    Posted by Tatiana at 09/10/08 09:24:55

    and....yes, it looks like many organic farmers use animal manure as well:

    gr8vegan- I'd love to have space for a garden as well. I'm hoping to at least start an herb and lettuce pot, those are pretty easy.

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    Posted by JohnnySensible at 09/11/08 01:50:59

    Tatania / everyone - for your pleasure - this is a fine video about an incredible & very yummy garden in Pasadena, CA -

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    Posted by gr8vegan at 10/19/08 12:36:53

    Great youtube vid!

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    Posted by JohnnySensible at 11/16/08 18:15:17

    Pasadena gardening perfection!
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