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Romaine calm!

Lettuce lacking at the supermarket

Roving UHub leafy-greens photographer Jed Hresko reports the romaine was just the tip of the iceberg at the Jamaica Plain Stop & Shop tonight - they also rooted out the arugula.

H/t Ana Crowley for the headline.

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T&P's for all the 1%ers & their romaine lettuce....but iceberg is so much better, so juicy and tasty.

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T&P's for all the 1%ers & their romaine lettuce

Since when is romaine fucking lettuce a 1% thing? Get a grip, please.

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That was a joke, son, a joke.

Lighten up, Francis.

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Be too hasty and throw out the arugula too. :-/

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For Washington politicians to agree on a law that all farmers have to have portable toilets every 50 yards in the fields

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...feral pigs are more often the source of E. coli contamination.

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The Commission on Feral Pig Sanitary Education has a seven-point plan to encourage these so-called pigs to understand the importance of good hygiene in the food chain. As more funds are released by Congress in the FY19 budget cycle, the program will expand to in-shitu training of these creatures in methods of backing out of porta-potties, as research has indicated that the fear of being stuck in such a small enclosure is a discouraging trait. Monies have also been set aside for a rebranding and awareness campaign which will see the lowly portages-potty renamed to Piggy Potty. A cartoon series is in the planning stages.

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Or we make a law that you can't put livestock operations near the water supply for farms.

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The factory farms with 1000's of head of cattle or pigs produce as much sewage as a small city but are not required to treat it, hiding behind family farm bills, so the sewage is left in open pools that leak or get flooded in the rain (or actual floods). Either way, many of the recalls are due to the veggies being affected on the cellular level from contaminated water supply, meaning it can't be washed off like when the migrant workers are mistreated. The above can affect the groundwater in the area, not just streams, so it affects the human water supply too.

Even when all current practices are followed, people can die directly from the water or eating the food affected.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walkerton_E._coli_outbreak

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Most farms that grow hand harvestable crops have portable bathrooms on a trailer which they bring to wherever the pickers are working. (Drinkable water too.) The idea is to ensure the pickers can conduct business without going too far.

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... are underway!

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I have 2 issues with this situation:

- A factory farm infrastructure which spreads contamination, and also makes the entire nation's lettuce supply suspect

- Overreaction to something that hospitalized 13 people and killed nobody, while products and activities which are far more dangerous are ignored because they kill people every day so nobody pays attention any more

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I think the overreaction this time may have to do with the holiday. Not that Romaine is a traditional Thanksgiving side, but would be doubly terrible if you were the one who brought a salad to Friendsgiving/Thanksgiving- AND it made all your friends/family sick.

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