Salmonella Outbreak in 18 U.S. States…

By Lee Bellinger / December 26, 2013
Mexican Produce Causes Salmonella Outbreak: Time to Grow Your Own Food?
Man with stomach ache

WARNING: Graphic content. One minute you’re enjoying a fresh green salad as the start to a healthy meal. And then just hours later, you are rushed to the hospital, writhing in agony. Your symptoms may include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. You hope they will not want to pump your stomach. You pray you won’t be exposed to yet another Third World disease in the emergency room. You remember what you’ve read about drug-resistant bacteria thriving in U.S. hospitals. If you live in one of the 18 states listed below, this scenario is not a theory, it is a confirmed medical fact. Dozens of new cases of salmonella have been reported in the U.S. since the first of this year. The culprit, according to the CDC, is tainted produce from Mexico. This time, they say, it’s cucumbers. This outbreak is not confined to states along the border with Mexico; Minnesota is one of the three hardest-hit states, says the CDC. I don’t know if you’ve been to the farm fields of Mexico like one member of my research team has. In Mexico, beautiful produce grows in the fields, just like in the U.S. Hardworking farm workers toil for long hours in the fields, just like in the U.S. But do you know what U.S. farms have that many Mexican farms do not? Porta-potties. I’m sure you can connect the dots.

18 states with reported cases of salmonella poisoning from Mexican cucumbers since January 1, 2013…
Arizona California Colorado Idaho Illinois Louisiana Maryland Massachusetts Minnesota Nevada New Mexico North Carolina Ohio Oregon South Dakota Texas Virginia Wisconsin

If you live in or are visiting one of these 18 states, the advice to wash all produce before eating it is especially critical. And if you live in one of the 29 states bordering the outbreak areas, you, too, have reason for concern. It’s not unusual for a grocer or restaurant to acquire produce from across a state line.

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29 states bordering states where new salmonella outbreaks are confirmed…
Arkansas Connecticut Delaware Georgia Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Michigan Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska New Hampshire New Mexico New York North Dakota Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Utah Tennessee Virginia Washington West Virginia Wyoming

Still, if you are a guest in someone’s home, or if you are dining in a restaurant, you won’t be in a position to confirm that all fruits and vegetables have been washed before being served to you. It’s a rather unsettling feeling.

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Enjoy the Most Delicious Fruit and Vegetables While Saving Our Heritage
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I want only the best tasting, most nutritious, economical and safe food for my family, and I am sure you want the same for yours. One way to do that is to buy locally produced foods from a farmers market, or to sign up for community supported agriculture (CSA). Today I want to give you information on another option – growing your own vegetables from heirloom seeds, and saving seeds from year to year as a great form of food insurance. The seeds sold by your local garden center, or favorite gardening website or seed catalog, are most likely hybrids. Hybrids result from cross pollination of different plants and can produce an entirely new plant variety. This has its advantages, but if you save the seeds from a hybrid plant, they may not produce a plant at all. (Much like a mule, the infertile cross of a horse and a donkey). Heirloom plants, by contrast, are produce genetically identical plants year after year. Heirloom plants can remain unchanged for decades, sometimes centuries. The United Kingdom uses the term “Heritage” instead of heirloom for the same type of seeds and plants. When grown in a region for generations the heirloom plant will naturally develop disease resistance and tolerate the climate for that particular area. The Incas of South America got by quite well only three main crops – potatoes, corn and quinoa. Immigrants to America brought seeds to plant on arrival. During the food shortage of World War II, the government encouraged everyone to grown their own food. In each of these cultures, seed saving and seed starting was a central piece of their heritage.

Smart gardeners today plant heirloom crops of beans and legumes for protein, along with nutritionally packed plants like spinach and hearty vegetables like potatoes, carrots, and squash. The heirloom seeds can be harvested each year and replanted the next. Heirloom seeds cost more initially but you can harvest the seeds each year for the coming year’s use, providing an overall cost saving. To harvest your heirloom seeds, the fruit must fully ripen on the plant. Seeds are not ripe if they are pale or white, hollow or soft. Let the mature collected seeds dry for a couple of weeks. Air must be able to circulate around the seeds while drying. Store the seeds in labeled clean bottles, airtight bags or sealed envelopes in a cool but dry environment for later use. A great place to store dried, air-tight seeds is in your freezer. Beets, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and lettuce are the easiest heirloom plants to start your experiment. So where can you get heirloom seeds?

  • Seed providers such as Victory Seed Company sell seeds from their own farms.
  • Small family-run seed houses collect seeds from a network of gardeners.
  • Seed Savers Exchange maintains thousands of varieties of plant types – even Mennonite, Amish, and traditional Indian crops. Members sign a safe seed pledge while distributing seeds to members and the public through “Seed Savers Exchange Yearbook” and “Seed Savers Exchange Catalog.” They also store seed varieties in backup locations in Fort Collins, Colorado, and in Norway. Access to these seed banks could be critical to your survival in the future, so it’s really smart to get on their lists now.
  • Sustainable Seed Company Grain Restoration Project sells small sample amounts of grain seed but will not sell large amounts as it takes years to build up grain seed supplies.
  • Native seeds/SEARCH sells over 200 varieties of traditional native seeds through their annual seed catalog.
  • Seed libraries provide information on growing and saving heirloom seeds. These libraries allow you to take seeds in the spring, but you must agree to return the same amount of seeds after your harvest, from your mature plants in autumn.

Heirloom seeds provide quality and can last a lifetime. They take some time and effort but the results are unforgettable – the taste, the nutrition, knowing the seeds’ heritage, long-term savings and the results for your family. Maybe one day you’ll be handing your seeds and their heritage on to your children and grandchildren. It’s all part of providing great food insurance for the ones you love.

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