Reassessing "Risky" Foods

The one tip you don't include is knowing the source of the food you eat [Riskiest Foods: 3 Tips for Protecting Your Family From Illness, usnews.com].

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The one tip you don't include is knowing the source of the food you eat [Riskiest Foods: 3 Tips for Protecting Your Family From Illness, usnews.com]. Many of the safety problems are the result of our cheap food production policies which are not good for us or for the environment. Very large production and processing of greens increases the risk for widespread food illness because the washing and processing can cause contamination. Buying locally produced foods in small quantities helps eliminate the risk. Eggs are more likely to have salmonella contamination when the hens are kept in small cages along with thousands of other birds. Again, buy local free range eggs to reduce risk. Better yet, grow some of your own food. Raw tomatoes are safe from the garden!

Comment by Chris of OR

I don't really understand the purpose of these reports. Since the danger involved in eating, even these "risky" foods, is so minimal—it really shouldn't matter. One of the suggestions was to not stop eating these foods. OK, so then why should we care about these reports? There are germs and bacteria everywhere. You can only be so careful before it starts to consume your life, plus not everyone can afford all "organic" produce. I say take the simple precaution of washing your veggies before eating them. Besides that, it is really out your hands.

Comment by Jenna of IL

Modern, health-conscious nations with advanced knowledge of microbiology and sanitary practices are the only ones on the planet who develop these food-borne illnesses. Ironically, if we weren't so concerned with safety, our immune systems would be leaps and bounds better than right now. If you don't come into contact with those scary "germs" once in a while, your body will forget how to fight off diseases. The cleaner we get, the more vulnerable we are. Plus, sushi is far too delicious.

Comment by Brian Jones of IA

It's not the food; it's the food handling that is dangerous. We are allowing our food system to be industrialized and to cut costs the food producers and handlers are skimping on safety precautions. And do they honestly want us to believe that no meat is on the top 10 riskiest foods list? You have got to be kidding me. This is meant to scare Americans into allowing produce to be irradiated. The most risky foods are meats and all the processed junk food that has become a staple of the American diet. It's no mistake that we eat this crap, get no nutritional advice from doctors, and then we have an epidemic of diabetes and heart disease. This cycle keeps everyone in a state of permanent ill health. Eat your veggies!

Comment by Greg Hansen of HI

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