Listeria contamination……..undeclared allergens…… lead contamination….. elevated lead levels….. metal fragments in food…… e. coli in cheese. SIX recalls in the last 11 days. Yes that is SIX, one recall every other day. It seems a little unbelievable but a visit to the FDA Recalls of Foods & Dietary Supplements website will show that the list continues on. One would really like to say that food recalls are a new thing and that they seem to be increasing but they are really an old issue. In the 1940’s it was common for millers to add corn meal or sand to their flour because it was cheaper and gained them more profit. While these methods and issues are not new problems they have had a profound affect on all of society from the health of the individuals in our country, to healthcare reform, to taxation, political movements as well as affecting the morals of our business men and the character of the people in our country. We can regain some of our freedoms and increase our food security by learning to shop and eat local. Check out tips on eating local and growing your own food in our 6 week blog series.