Over 400,000 Pounds of Beef Recalled...

Evil E. coli is at it again! On Sunday, a Colorado meat company expanded it’s voluntarily recall of beef believed to be contaminated with E. coli, bringing the total from 380,000 pounds of meat to 421,000 pounds. The bad meat was distributed internationally and is suspected in 18 cases of illness. Currently, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are conducting an investigation; Reuters reports.

Just add beef to the pile. Last week, Nestlé Toll House recalled cookie dough tainted with E. coli, sickening 66 people in 28 states. E. coli is no joke. It can be fatal. Common symptoms of E. coli poisoning include urinary tract infection, diarrhea and bowel inflammation. Eek!

And don’t forget. In 2006, a spinach-E. coli crisis dragged on for months, causing some people to ditch large factory farms and explore locally grown fruits and vegetables.

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Rooftop Farm Grows in Brooklyn

I’m a city rat. I love the muck, grime and skyscrapers, and the last thing you'd expect to find in a city like New York is a farm. Think again! A group of city hippies setup an amazing rooftop farm on top of an old bagel factory in Brooklyn, selling fresh fruits and vegetables to local restaurants.

The farm has been great for the community. Volunteers can be seen hauling bags of compost upstairs, shoveling dirt and tending to vegetables. And another farm in Little Italy is raising fruit trees and even chickens. I think this is awesome and a smart use of wide open sunny spaces.

Via Serious Eats.

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