Food Safety And The Family Farm

Food safety is an increasingly important issue for people who care about their health. Buying your food directly from producers of small-farm families is one way to minimize the possibility of having a security issue with your meal. 

Small manufacturers can put more care and attention to the food they produce, and because they work in small batches, there is little chance of any contamination being spread. There are many different ways that food can potentially be unsafe, from production and processing to packaging and handling. 

Sometimes cows are suffering from diseases like mastitis by which they are not able to give milk and if they do, that is not pure. You can get more information about mastitis in cattle via online sources.

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There are also many common bacteria that can fit into your diets, such as salmonella, listeria, and E. coli. Beyond that, there are concerns about genetically modified foods (GMOs) and how safe they are to eat. Finally, it is common for foods to contain some residues of pesticides and fungicides, as well as all kinds of different food additives and preservatives.

Mass production techniques magnify all food safety issues many times. Did you know that one pound of beef supermarket hamburger can contain meat from about 1,000 cows? If only one of the animals had meat contaminated with E. coli, grinding them together will spread the infection through the whole batch.

If you buy from a local small farm, on the other hand, you get food that is produced in small quantities with individual care and attention. You get to know your farmer and build your confidence in the way they grow your food. It's also getting easier and easier to find a farmer who cares as much as you about not using agricultural chemicals, genetically modified organisms, or food additives and preservatives.