If you’ve been paying attention, this shouldn’t really come as a surprise. This article claims that our food system in the U.S. is not broken, but it could become so, and that we may be “just one incident away from some catastrophic event”. Some days, I would go so far as to say our system is broken.
Just some recent events have included: prescription drugs being found in major water supplies across the country; the pet food recall, which led to the discovery that some of that pet food was also used in feed for farm animals; the largest beef recall in the U.S.; and just yesterday, a U.S. News and World Report that food-bourne illnesses from leafy green vegetables are on the increase, and that increase is not explained away just by increased consumption.
So now I’ve gone through just a few of the stories, and I have to say that I don’t have much faith in our federal system of monitoring the food supply. Of course, I think the FDA is more concerned with the pharmaceutical industry than with the food industry, but I may be mistaken. Given my choice, I much prefer to go local, smaller-scale, organic, and/or farm-fresh.