Recent problems with the safety of food imported from China is causing us to think twice about what we put into our mouths.
What can we do to minimize our risk from eating unsafe food?
?Buy local,? says Mildred Mattfeldt-Beman, Ph.D., chair of nutrition and dietetics at Saint Louis University.
?Buying food from local farmers who use sustainable practices assures that minimum pesticides are being used and they are following safe food practices.? Those who run farmer?s markets work closely with local farmers and know about their growing techniques. Buying locally produced food has economic benefits, too. ?The farmer buys shoes, equipment and pays his electric bill. All that supports jobs in a local economy.?