Eat your spinach
Still hesitate at the spinach counter, worried Popeye’s leafy green bodybuilder will inflict harm instead of produce muscles?
Dr. Henry I. Miller, a physician and fellow at the Hoover Institution, says while the recent outbreak (only 200 cases) of E. coli traced to fresh, bagged spinach garnered a lot of attention, it’s only a drop in the bucket of 76 million cases and 5,000 deaths annually from food poisoning in the United States.
Asfarasthespinachcontamination went, it seems some wild hogs rolled out of the mud and into the spinach patch. In fact, the good doctor prescribes in TCS (Technology, Commerce,Society)DailythatAmericans’ foodisnotonlytheleastexpensive,but thesafestinthehistoryofhumankind.
“However, there is a limit to how safe we can make agriculture, given that it is an outdoor activity and subject to all manner of unpredictable challenges,” states Dr. Miller. “If the goal is to make a field 100 percent safefromcontamination,theonlysolution that guarantees this is to pave it over and build a parking lot on it.”
John McCaslin, whose column is nationally syndicated, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or email@example.com.