While health officials still credit the U.S. food supply as one of the safest i n the world, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 76 million of us get sick each year from foodborne pathogens. More than 325,000 will be hospitalized and 5,000 will die.
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Sound Consumer, July 2001
More than fifty percent of all food-borne illnesses are contracted in the home. According to the King County Department of Public Health, most of us have had foodborne illnesses. Symptoms are very much like those for stomach flu: diarrhea, cramps, and upset stomach. The most vulnerable to foodborne bacteria, contaminants, and toxins are infants and children, the elderly, and those with a weakened immune system.
This month, we continue our tribute to the hard-working family farmers of our region. Thanks to them, ingredients for our favorite summer recipes are at the absolute peak of freshness. To sit down at the table and be able to appreciate the real people that put the bounty before us is a great gift, any time of the year. Profiles on Rent’s Due Ranch and Port Madison Farm.
If you live in the Puget Sound region, a gravel mine proposed for Grouse Ridge, near North Bend, threatens your future water supply. Surprised?
Summertime can be a hungry time for children living at or below the poverty level. How is this possible, during the season of “abundance” when fresh food floods the markets in the “land of plenty?” Consider that during the school year, 300,000 kids in Washington State eat free or reduced-priced school meals. When school is over for the summer, those meals end.
The Seattle-based Horizons Foundation has made a $10,000 grant to the Farmland Fund. Their generous gift will help repay the loan that was necessary for up-front purchase of the Delta Farm. We can be proud that the work of our Fund merits support by a foundation of such high integrity.