We are such a litigation-averse society now that all it takes to destroy a $1.28billion industry is a little isolated Salmonella scare. 145 people nation-wide have gotten sick, no deaths, from eating contaminated tomatoes. Read about the hysteria.....
MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida's tomato industry is in "complete collapse" and growers in California and Mexico are having trouble selling their crops as U.S. regulators hunt the source of a salmonella outbreak linked to certain tomato varieties, growers said on Tuesday.
In Florida, the No. 1 U.S. tomato producer, $40 million worth of tomatoes will rot unless the U.S. Food and Drug Administration quickly traces the source of the outbreak and clears the state's produce, an industry official said.
U.S. growers produced $1.28 billion worth of tomatoes last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The entire nation is without access to tomatoes and the North American tomato industry is in shambles because a handful of people got sick. Am I the only one who finds this preposterous? We have devolved into a nation of sniveling, pathetic, risk-averse whiners who're terrified of our own shadows. We cower in the face of challenge and speed-dial a lawyer if the slightest wrong befalls us. Our dumbed-down children have sanitized hands and helmeted heads, but they can't play on monkey bars, slides, or see-saws for fear of injury followed by law suits. What right do we have to expect a no-fault life? Can you imagine the chuckle the pilgrims would have if they knew what a nation of weak, phobia-ridden, pansies their descendants have become?
Pat, over at BelchSpeak.com, a blog kind of like this one, blames organically farmed produce, just like the spinach scare of 2006. Wouldn't it be funny, and by funny I mean ironic, if smelly hippies who reject modern farming technology and insist on organic farming as being more healthy, are to blame for this too?