Tired of anemic, flavorless tomatoes and wilted lettuce in your produce section? A manufacturer of hydroponic rooftop greenhouses is proposing that supermarkets get in the farming business. According to an article in Fast Company, BrightFarms CEO Paul Lightfood says that not only will the plan provide fresher veggies for consumers, but will reduce transportation and storage costs, as well as “grow food with none of the land and 95% less water used in traditional crops, with no chemical pesticides and a drastically reduced carbon footprint.”
According to a story in the Business Day section of today’s New York Times, an outbreak of salmonella that killed one California resident and sickened nearly 80 more across 26 states may be traceable to ground turkey manufactured in a yet-to-be-named plant from the company Cargill, who own Shady Brook Farms and Honeysuckle White turkey producers, in addition to a plethora of other food, home, and manufacturing companies. The Center for Disease Control, who began investigating claims from last March, found that in all cases those infected had eaten ground turkey days prior to falling ill. Meanwhile, the U.S.D.A has issued an alert urging consumers to cook ground turkey thoroughly, while the C.D.C. continues to search for the source of the problem.
According to a great story by writer, and sometime fisherman, Tom Gogola in this week’s New York Magazine, 7.3 million tons of fish that don’t meet fishing quotas die on board ships after the more desirable swimmy creatures are sorted through and put aside. That wasted, dead millions? Tossed back into the water. It’s a mind-boggling amount of creatures killed and tossed aside for no good reason — and with the crisis of overfishing and subsequent destruction of marine life and the general watery ecosystem at large, one that makes a person wonder: How are these rules benefitting the hungry, the livelihood of fisherman, and the world at large?