HSUS Uses Latest Salmonella Outbreak to Reinforce Argument Against Large-Scale Farming
Groups such as the Humane Society of the United States argue that giant farms that case hens are inherently more risky for food safety. They cite European studies that say salmonella is more commonly found on big egg-laying farms. Past and present workers at Wright County Egg in Iowa said mouse and fly infestations cited in a federal report stretch back at least 10 years. The workers made their claims to Des Moines Register reporter Jen Krogstad:
“The workers that I talked to said that it had been going on at least ten years, because that’s when they started working. And they said that the levels of mice and fly infestations hadn’t really changed in that time. And it had gotten…some of the current workers said it had only gotten better since the report was made public.”
The Wall Street Journal reports that USDA experts knew about sanitary problems at one of the two Iowa farms at the center of a massive nationwide egg recall, but did not notify health authorities.
NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler Says This Year's Muscadine Crop is Outstanding
Muscadines, the NC native grape, is being planted and harvested in record volume according to NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler. This year's crop is especially plentiful and can be found at roadside stands, farmers' markets, and grocery stores. Read the entire story...