[NAFEX] Not for the feint of heart
jfruth at uslink.net
Sun Oct 29 08:56:29 EST 2006
Bob Melvin mentioned the 'Spinach Scare.' We should all be scared about
some of the food we eat.
When I lived in California, besides doing market gardening, I was a
salesman who called on farmers. I have seen alot of migrant workers
harvesting produce in the fields and I have never, ever, seen a portapotty
in any of those fields. The 'rule' among many toilet-paperless societies is
you eat with your right hand and wipe with your left.
Now, I am sure that a great many of you didn't want to hear that but it
is a fact of life that is not likely to change any time soon. Think about
that the next time you are tempted to not wash that strawberry, or that
lettuce, or that broccoli.
I take that back about never, ever, seeing a portapotty in the fields.
I have seen one exception to the rule: When a big company such as Del
Monte, et. al., buys tomatoes for manufacturing ketchup or other tomato
products, I have seen portapotties, but not always in the same field the
workers are in, or maybe the potties are at the other end of a field that
could be up to one-quarter mile away - workers are paid by piece-work so how
much time are they going to spend finding the potty? I only observed
conditions in California and I would doubt conditions are any different in
Then there's the downside to consider: Most (all?) of us have E. coli
in our gut. How did it get there?
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