Without knowledge of the cause of bacterial outbreaks, California farmers and growers are going too far in their efforts to ensure crops are grown in virtual isolation from their surrounding environment, says Moore. “The main problem is that there’s this understanding in the community that everything we do to improve food safety is great. But it’s this overzealous attempt to improve upon a good thing that’s really costly for the environment.”
*Correction (May 10, 2013): This sentence was edited after posting. It originally erroneously stated that the 2006 E. coli outbreak killed nearly 300 people; there were three fatalities.
**Correction (May 13, 2013): This sentence has been changed. Originally it incorrectly stated that the system of standards includes the California Leafy Green Products Handler Marketing Agreement (LGMA).