White House garden, First Lady not enough to sway support

08/01/2012 06:59:00 AM
Tom Karst

National Editor Tom KarstI read on Drudge today that Romney's lead over Obama with white voters is now 20%. I wonder how big the lead is for Romney among California and Arizona fresh produce growers...

Prohibitive, I'd say. News yesterday that WG endorsed Romney, with Tom Nassif praising Romney's support of individual rights, less regulatory red tape, more balanced enforcement of government regulations and  relief from the income, estate and capital gains tax burden. Also important: Romney's receptivity to growers' need for a  dependable and legal workforce.

I guess the White House garden didn't count for much, after all.

As we watched Michael Phelps and the women's gymnastic team last night, I wondered why fruit and vegetable companies don't get more involved with the Olympics. Sure, it might be the $80 million price tag for an Olympic sponsorship, but wouldn't it be great to see Frieda's, Melissa's, Dole, Fresh Del Monte, etc.,  feeding the U.S. team? A guy can dream a little...

Have you heard about good ole' water?  Research here that says there is nearly nothing better than washing produce with water to reduce the threat of pathogens, notwithstanding other cocktails that purport to deliver food safety. . From the abstract in Food Protection Trends:

Some treatments were more effective than running tap water for specific pathogen-produce combinations, but no treatment produced greater reductions than tap water for all tested combinations.

In a related topic,  Rep. Rosa DeLauro continues to hammer on the importance of the doomed Microbiological Data Program, and does so by ripping a recent headline to support her case. From a release yesterday:

WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) released the following statement today on a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall of possibly contaminated cantaloupes.  Samples of the fruit shipped to New York State and Maine from North Carolina tested positive for Listeria.  The Microbiological Data Program (MDP) identified the contaminated melons, just weeks after Administration officials announced the program, which had been in danger of closing, will be funded through the end of the year.


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