Back at my desk at last with renewed vigor and eager to begin the new year (this must mean, at the very least, that my Key West hangover is at last abating, thank god). While I was away, an email from the Smithsonian arrived telling me about their new food blog. Worth checking out, most recently, a story on scientist using bacteria to chart our ancestors' pathways across Asia: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/food/
Speaking of bacteria, the number of products recalled for possible salmonella contamination continues to grow. Newsday asks why weren't lessons from two years ago heeded? At least 491 have been reported ill, according to the CDC.
Sigh. As Harold McGee once lamented to me, "Bacteria. Can't live with em, can't live without em."
Will the FDA be of any help in all this? Not according to several scientists who wrote to the President saying that the department was broken.
In more upbeat happy news, don't miss the Food Blog award winners over at wellfed.net. Congrats to all who were nominated–you're all winners, right? Nah, I know for a fact it's a helluva lot more more fun to win. (This from a blogger who was left out in the Cleveland cold. Brrrr.) Congrats to all, nevertheless.
When asked, "How can you care about animals when you design slaughter plants?,” Grandin replies, “Some people think death is the most terrible thing that can happen to an animal…. [T]he most important thing for an animal is the quality of its life.”
Hear, hear. Thank you, Temple. If we heeded these words, my guess is we'd have to worry less about the bad bacteria that infect our food and could concentrate on growing more of the good ones that help preserve it.