Monday, October 16, 2006

Food for thought on World Food Day

Much was made of the whole E. coli contamination scares in spinach and concerns the same may develop in lettuce, as has happened in the past. There have also been smaller-scale concerns in carrot juice and raw milk in some locations.

People get nervous when they think their food isn't safe. But America's food supply is, overall, very safe. However, it is important to remember that there are people all over the globe, and even here in the U.S., that can't get enough to eat or can't afford the right kinds of foods for a healthy diet.

Today, Oct. 16, is World Food Day. The theme for this year's even, coincidently, is "Investing in agriculture for food security."

Given concerns for E. coli contamination, concerns about mad cow disease in cattle and the lingering threat of terrorism that could potentially target vital food supply chains, this is a great topic to reflect on a little bit today.

U.S. agriculture and the various commodity sectors have done a good job to ensure food here at home, and the food exported to other global markets, is very safe. However, there is still more that can be done to make it even safer.

To learn more about what's happening in the U.S. with World Food Day USA, click here, and for more on the global World Food Day, click here.

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