Aug 23, 2010 8:39 PM by John Romero

Local farmer: Egg scare opens consumers eyes

One of the countries favorite foods is making thousands of Americans sick. "This recall is huge." explains Dr. Bernadette Albanese with the El Paso County Health Department, "You're talking almost a half billion eggs being recalled." Eggs tainted with salmonella have been linked to a farm in Iowa which distributes eggs all over the country. "For the period between May and July this year, normally they would expect to see about 700 cases nationally. Instead they saw almost 2000." explains Dr. Albanese.

It's already made people in Colorado sick. But just up the road in Calhan, farmer Robert Richardson is doing things a little different than the big distributors. He and his wife run a free range chicken farm. "Basically they get to be chickens." he says with a laugh. Richardson says the salmonella scare is forcing people to look local where they can get a close up view of how their food is produced. "I think it does bring an awareness to the public that the confined farming operations really are not the way to go." he says.

Richardson's advice for the consumer... be well informed of where your food comes from before it hits your table. "The best thing that the consumer can do is ask questions." he says, "Find out where their food is coming from. Find out how it's being raised. Find out how it's being cared for between where it's getting raised and where it gets to them. They next best thing to raising it yourself is buying from a local farmer."

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