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Preventing E. Coli Poisoning: A Farmer’s Challenge

November 2, 2007

Paso Robles, CA - Since last summer's E. coli spinach scare, California farmers have been scrambling to find a way to balance environmentally friendly farming practices with food safety concerns. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration could not determine the exact cause of the spinach contamination, the outbreak highlighted the potential risk associated with having animals near farms.

That's one of the topics to be discussed today at a "Sustainable Agriculture Expo" in Paso Robles. Expo organizer Kris O'Connor says using sheep and livestock instead of chemicals to get rid of weeds can help protect water quality, as long as it's done in a safe and sanitary way.

"You have economic issues, environmental issues, safety issues, and regulatory issues. Sometimes, these values actually come into conflict."

O'Connor says farmers must struggle to maintain health and safety standards during a time when it's become harder to make a living at agriculture.

"Anything we can do to help improve the bottom line of these farming operations while at the same time protecting the health and the natural resources of our communities, it's a win-win for everybody."

The rising costs of labor, fuel, and land prices are also challenging California farmers, in a state that produces a greater diversity of food products than anywhere else in the country. For more information about the Paso Robles event, visit

Lori Abbott/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - CA