First Take

Yuma Sun - - NEWS - By Mara Knaub, re­porter

One of my co-work­ers wrote about this topic in his First Take, but I think it’s worth bring­ing back. Bobbi’s McDer­mott’s Yuma Ag & You col­umn head­lined “Tak­ing one head of let­tuce means area can’t be har­vested,” pub­lished Jan. 6, made a real im­pact on me. I’ve never thought I could freely take a head of let­tuce, broc­coli, cau­li­flower or ro­maine from the grow­ing fields around us, but ap­par­ently some peo­ple have.

Ms. McDer­mott noted how that seem­ingly harm­less act af­fects ev­ery­body. When a set of foot­prints is found in a field, a 5-foot cir­cle is drawn and noth­ing around it can be har­vested. Now imagine sev­eral foot­prints if peo­ple walked up and down! All that lost pro­duce!

It’s all in the name of food safety. When peo­ple leave con­tam­i­nants, as Ms. McDer­mott said, farm­ers must do what they have to do to give us the safest, fresh­est and high­est qual­ity pos­si­ble.

We must take heed.

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