Daily Archives: April 22, 2011

Allegations of salmonella seem fishy in Lavon Farms of Texas raw dairy case

From The Complete Patient blog:

Todd Moore (second from left) and family being recognized at a livestock show.

“On the face of it, the case against Lavon Farms looks open and shut. Milk from the Plano, TX, raw dairy, the largest in the state, has been genetically linked to four illnesses from salmonella–three of them involving children–over the last few months, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.  Continue reading

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New labour rights for farm workers

From Barry Estabrook, via his “Politics of the Plate” blog:

Photo via Barry Estabrook's blog. Original title: "Picky, picky".

“Last week, I attended tomato school.

Sitting in a room at a packing plant near Immokalee in southwest Florida with about 50 migrant laborers, I learned that I had a right to earn a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, could take regular breaks in a shady area provided by the farm—including a lunch break. I was told exactly what constituted a full bucket of tomatoes when I was working on a “piece,” or per-bucket basis. Continue reading

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