Without actually quoting Steve Meyerowitz, expert on kitchen gardening and operator of Sproutman.com, I would like to
relay my understanding of how safe sprouting can really be. When I sprout- which I do and have been doing for years,
I am in control of the process from step 1 to finish. I wash my vegetables, this is common sense. I have never
had a problem, experienced another's difficulty nor heard of any food poisoning linked to a kitchen garden or sprouting in
general. The only time problems appear is in the media and often it is never confirmed. Steve told
me he has never had a problem in forty years of kitchen sprouting. He also discussed the steps his company takes
to guarantee a safe product. Go to his site and find out for yourself. In the meantime, I am planning an event
perhaps significant enough to bring Steve up here to Seattle. I think it is high time to have an expert like Steve
come up and discuss Food Safety, Organic Foods and Sprouting.
I have recently read anything from: All Organic Foods are Dangerous, to: Never Eat Anything Sprouted. Last time
I checked, most Vegetables start their life as a sprout. Japan's recent exprience with food safety was centered
around the claim sprouts were the cause. It made headlines and ruined the industry. A retraction was later produced
somewhere on the back pages of the same newpaper.
All vegetables should be washed. We live in a time where a billion food events take place every day. This
number puts the problem of food safety into perspective and opens up the discussion of why the tiny sprouting industry must
answer for the risk associated with fertilizer, GMO, herbicides, oceanic dead zones, growth hormones, salt, high fructose
corn syrup and all the other culprits scientifically proven to be truly dangerous and a very expensive consequence
impacting the question of food safety. Use your common sense. Wash your veggies, but for pete' s sake,
please don't let them tell you its dangerous to eat a salad these days, particularly when the ingredients are produced in
closed settings with no fertilizer or animals on site (the leading cause of cross contamination in agriculture.)
I don't do anything special to grow my sprouts, I put the seed in organic compost so safe I could eat it instead, trim
the stalk up high and wash. The sunflower confection market is huge and the seeds are thrown into the mouth with
absolute abandon. What's the difference here? Raw vs. cooking, so cook your food if you are worried.
In the end, I believe experts like Steve will help us understand current food safety issues in the global marketplace.
For this reason I expect to be conducting events dedicated to the issue. I would rather talk about recipes because
when you look at the numbers you quickly realize how much hype is tied to the food safety message. Remember, we
live in a world of 4 biliion people. four times 3 meals is 12 biliion food events a day. So far, I can only deduce
one thing. The incidence of food poisoning is statistically insignificant to the volume of food consumed in an average
American supper. Common sense dictates protect us, this is why we wash our food and look both ways when crossing the