|Pathogens In Our Pork - Op-Ed by Nicholas Kristof|
The New York Times - 3/14/2009.We don’t add antibiotics to baby food and Cocoa Puffs so that children get fewer ear infections. That’s because we understand that the overuse of antibiotics is already creating “superbugs” resistant to medication.
|Obama pledges to improve food safety|
The New York Times - 3/14/2009.By Gardiner Harris – Describing the government’s failure to inspect 95 percent of food processing plants as “a hazard to the public health,” President Obama promised Saturday to bolster and reorganize the nation’s fractured food-safety system.
|Dirt alert: test for lead, vegetable gardeners|
Portland Press Herald - 3/14/2009.By John Richardson – For Samantha Langley-Turnbaugh, a soil scientist and professor at the University of Southern Maine, there's a real public-health risk to the spring ritual: lead poisoning. Soil can be so contaminated with lead that digging or playing in it, or eating vegetables grown in it, can be dangerous.
|This time of year, it’s OK to get a little sappy|
Bangor Daily News - 3/14/2009.By Sharon Kiley Mack – Steam swirled around Lori Dana on Thursday as she checked the fire under the bubbling maple sap. It softened the skin, fogged up eyeglasses and filled the air with a light, sugary scent. “You want it to stay at a rolling boil,” she said, nearly hidden by the blanket of steam. Dana took a deep breath, pulling in the aroma. She can tell by the smell how close the sap is to becoming the prized maple syrup.