Food Safety and Subsistence In Perspective

Pistachios at Wikipedia.Another food contamination scare is in the news–this time it’s pistachio nuts. Wikipedia describes the heart health benefits of pistachios.

“One or two handfuls of the nuts can make a big enough difference to lower the risk of heart disease, say scientists. Volunteers who ate three ounces of pistachios a day for one month lowered their total blood cholesterol by 8.4 per cent.

Levels of “bad” cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL), fell by 11.6 per cent.

Kevin Carson critically analyzes heavy handed legislation that disproportionately impacts small scale growers in his thoughtful article, “Cost-Plus Markup and Mandatory Overhead.”

“The primary offenders in the food contamination scares of recent years have been large-scale agribusiness operations and large-scale food processors, whether in California or in China. The spinach e. coli deaths associated with “organic farming,” for example, actually occurred at a nominally organic factory farming operation producing for Earthbound Farms, where crops were contaminated by fecal runoff from the grain-fed cattle at yet another factory farming operation nearby.”

We should resist bureaucratic threats to whatever ability to subsist we can carve out of our collapsing system. With businesses failing, unemployment increasing and relief budgets stretched, misguided attempts by politicians to “protect” us may threaten our survival.

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