Hearing of E. coli outbreaks in meat and spinach followed by the loss of cantaloupes to listeria, is a frightening reality check for the average American. After being told it is the healthier choice to buy fresh ingredients and make food at home, the public is now being informed of the multiple issues and diseases connected to food in grocery stores. With the fear of catching food-born diseases, Organic lovers turn to their trusted produce to steer clear of “conventional food issues”, but according to The Huffington Post “choosing local and organic options, even going vegan, isn’t enough to guarantee (food) safety”.
The nutrients in Organic food might be better for you but there are no facts stating the food is safer to eat than the everyday conventional version. James Wilcox of ABC 6 News says that experts have agreed with the idea that smaller organic farms have the ability to keep a closer eye on products going out to the public compared to the larger competition. This seems to be a good point and William Wilson, who was pushed by his wife to start purchasing organic food, decided “You have to watch your own food, make sure its clean, and wash it yourself because you’re going to have dirt and debris from the earth. But it is still, overall I think, a better idea for your health.”
Recently, a salmonella outbreak took place in Minnesota where a small farm produced a batch of eggs infected and although there is a FDA rule to protect the public from egg issues they slipped through. When reporting on the issue, FOX News said, “small farm operations have been exempted from food safety laws as conservatives, farmers and food-lovers have worried about too much government intervention and regulators have struggled with tight budgets”. With no one keeping an eye on these smaller, local farms, there is still risk for eggs and other products to get through without proper examination and onto grocery store shelves.
Being put in a position where choosing food for a whole family or a person as an individual, is already a difficult task. When media portrays conventional food as dangerous and filled with E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria, and the public is caught between a tight budget and the healthy choice, it’s hard to decide what to purchase and what to pass up. But it’s stated here that there is no guarantee that the organic choice will be any safer. Media makes sure to point out that washing produce and fully cooking meat is the only way to ensure safety when cooking with raw food. This seems to be the correct way to deal with the issue, and even after sending out alerting and frightening messages, media has come back around to confirm there is an simple and easy answer for all.