The other day I overheard a guy at the hardware store justifying why he does not eat vegetables. He claims they are not safe anymore.Recent high-profile foodborne-illness outbreaks associated with produce certainly have fueled his argument, and may be deterring others from eating their fruits and vegetables, too. According to the Produce Marketing Association, fresh produce consumption is on the decline, dropping more than 3 percent in 2005, the most recent year data is available. Meanwhile, ...

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