Rats In Your Peanut Butter


The New York Times just published an article which posits the question: It’s Organic, but Does That Mean It’s Safer?


Ummm….the answer is a big fat American NO!
Not for processed food at least. Factory made is factory made, regardless of organic certification and a high end price tag. The article, written by Kim Severson and Andrew Martin, cites violations of health codes–specifically rat infestations–that contributed to the recent salmonella outbreak which plagued peanut butter factories. That’s right, organic peanut butter factories.
Processed food is still processed food, even if it is made with organic ingredients. This article is great because it prompts people to really look at where their food comes from and, hopefully, gets them to examine what they actually consider to be edible.
While I know not everyone has the time to cook things from scratch, despite the fact that it is a great way to drastically cut down your grocery bills, I would urge people to look around in their communities and try to buy as much as you can locally. Not just fruits and veggies and, if you’re fortunate enough, milk, but even things like bread and cakes and cookies and chips and whatever other convenient snacky stuff you like to eat.
Shop at your local bakery instead of buying a box of cookies. Ask that mom who always bakes for your kids’ class at holiday time if she would be interested in selling her goodies to you. Taste the wholesome goodness of human made. Ingest food made by real hands directed by a thinking, feeling, loving person.
And check back to the Sabjimata site by the week’s end. The store will be up and running again. 
Rage against the (rat infested) machine. Buy human made! 
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8 responses to “Rats In Your Peanut Butter

  1. Gargs Allard

    I’ve known this for years but thanks for the reminder. It completely grosses me out.

  2. Devadeva Mirel

    i know. it’s totally not something you want to think about. i could say more. but i won’t.

  3. tulasi-priya dasi

    To become conscious of your food, you have to first eat food that’s made consciously, i.e. prasadam.Most people will be grossed out by this for about a week, and then lapse back into unconsciousness again. If the ‘local’cows are still mistreated and killed, of how much consciousness-raising value is local milk? I’m not advocating dairy-free, but unless it’s offered, it’s not much better than meat. Kurtz Dairy is local, and they sell beef from the same truck as we buy our local milk. And if we don’t get serious about self-sufficiency (we tend to consider it only under dire circumstances force us to–Y2K, anyone?), then we’re part of the problem. I admit my share.Prabhupada said, more than once, ‘grow your own food.’

  4. Devadeva Mirel

    ” Kurtz Dairy is local, and they sell beef from the same truck as we buy our local milk. “that’s so not kosher!

  5. tulasi-priya dasi

    I thought kosher meant that you don’t eat them together at the same meal or serve them on the same dishes.

  6. Devadeva Mirel

    i would imagine carrying them in the same truck would be treyf, too.

  7. tulasi-priya dasi

    I love Judaism, but the dietary laws would have been too hard for me. Being vegetarian simplifies things greatly for me, plus I know it’s the most conducive to bhakti. But if I were going to be a meat-eater, give me the bacon and lobster. I grew up eating a lot of Jewish delicacies (my father was a waiter in the Catskills and Miami Beach), but there was nothing that I can’t do better devotee-style. I can easily live without gefilte fish. Latkes are another story. I made cheese blintzes once for Satsvarupa Maharaja. Delish.

  8. Devadeva Mirel

    actually, many jews are vegetarian or vegan…especially the crocheted yamulke orthodox kind.when we lived in tucson there was a group who came weekly to the govinda’s on saturday nite, after shabbos.i think being veg simplifies things for anyone!

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