That's what makes Spinachgate so frustrating for me. A food I love, a food the vegetarian community can rely on, contaminated fresh from the farm!
And that's why this makes me feel more at ease:
Samples of cattle manure on pastures surrounding a spinach field have tested positive for the same strain of E. coli bacteria that killed at least three people and sickened nearly 200 others -- the first direct evidence linking a Salinas Valley farm to the outbreak that has spanned 26 states and one Canadian province.I'm certainly not happy that people have suffered because of this contamination. But if the speculation that nearby cattle farms are responsible for the E. coli outbreak prove true, I hope this will be another wake up call that modern large-scale cattle farming causes more problems than are immediately obvious.