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The recent national recall of eggs and the Salmonella scare should not deter you from eating eggs. The problem is not with eggs themselves but with the supply.

Salmonella in eggs is the outcome of feeding hens contaminated food, and the contaminates can get into their bloodstream and passed through to the eggs they lay. When you purchase eggs from your local supermarket there’s no way of you knowing where those eggs came from.

Eggs can come from variety of farms, many of which keep hens in stressful conditions and feed them low-cost feed. Sure purchasing eggs labeled organic and cage-free from somewhere like Whole Foods or a natural health store is better, but best is to buy from a local farmer. One you can go and visit and see the conditions under which the hens live and understand what they’re fed.

Chickens should be cage-free with plenty of room to move around, and eating grass and fed a high-protein chicken feed with no added hormones.

In addition to eggs this may be a good time for you to look at what else your local farm or specialist market can provide you for safe organic foods. When I buy meats I always look for grass-fed beef and buy organic vegetables.

Yes, you’re going to pay a little extra for organic foods and grass-fed beef but what price is your family’s food safety?

It seems a shame we have come around to not trusting our food supply. The FDA standards and watchdogs have let us down, and quick profits have caused many farmers and the food industry to lose focus on producing safe and healthy foods for us to consume.

For a list of local grown produce near you check out this website: http://www.localharvest.org/


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