J. M. Branum on those spinach scare stories:
First we all need to learn a lot more where our food comes from, and seek to buy our food from sources that we can get to know (preferably locally).
Second, folks who want to enjoy spinach this fall and winter would be well served to plant some asap (spinach does great in Oklahoma in the fall and winter).
Third, don’t believe what this story says about the use of manure as a fertilizer. The problem wasn’t with manure, but rather with how it is used. Manure could be used safely if applied long before the growing season or it had been composted first.
Fourth, don’t trust the “Organic” label on food products. Unfortunately, corporate America has ruined [it] to such an extent that [it] means almost nothing.
With regard to that fourth item, I suspect USDA has been a contributing villain. A recent proposal of theirs would redefine “grass-fed” beef to include the use of non-grass feedstock and doesn’t insist on actual grazing on pasture lands, which makes me suspect that they come up with stuff like this on a regular basis. (Found here.)
And yes, you can still get spinach in a can, but it’s kinda salty and definitely soggy and not all that helpful for beating up Bluto.