TITLE

Fields of overkill

AUTHOR(S)
Lovett, Li Miao
PUB. DATE
May 2008
SOURCE
High Country News;5/26/2008, Vol. 40 Issue 10, p6
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the issue regarding the sterilization of fields by growers of leafy vegetables in the central coast area of California as a measure against outbreaks of food-borne diseases. Corporate buyers of leafy vegetables made a tough new standard after an Escherichia Coli (E. Coli) outbreak in 2006 was traced back to tainted spinach. Inspectors and buyers have pushed farmers to cut down trees, rip out wildlife habitat and put up fences because native vegetation and waterways for wildlife are considered as a threat by corporate food chains. This has created a large impact on farmers because even though hedgerows appear untidy next to orderly rows of lettuce, they protect the crops from soil erosion and house helpful critters that destroy crop-eating caterpillars.
ACCESSION #
32602752

 

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