The story dates to November 2011, but it’s an important one. Here’s the short version.
There’s a trend for dinner parties hosted on small farms that grow produce organically. The food, grown as locally as just over that fence, is harvested, prepared and cooked, so city folks can get a glimpse of where the nation’s food comes from and taste it at its freshest.
In Southern Nevada, a small family farm hosted a similar dinner party with music, friends and guests. This was not a small picnic of hot dogs, burgers, beer and Aunt Charlene’s milk-fruit-jello salad. People paid for reservations and traveled long distances for a taste of farm-to-plate food.
Then the Food Nazis arrived.
Somehow a local health inspector got word of the party and showed up during food preparation while the guests were on a tour of the farm.
“I can’t tell you how sick to my stomach I was watching that first dish of Mint Lamb Meatballs hit the bottom of the unsanitized trash can. Here we were with guests who had paid in advance and had come from long distances away anticipating a wonderful dining experience, waiting for dinner while we were behind the kitchen curtain throwing it away! I know of the hours and labor that went into the preparation of that food. We asked the inspector if we could save the food for a private family event that we were having the next day. (A personal family choice to use our own food.) We were denied and she was insulted that we would even consider endangering our families health. I assured her that I had complete faith and trust in Giovanni our chef and the food that was prepared, (obviously, or I wouldn’t be wanting to serve it to our guests).”
And it gets worse. Health Inspector Mary Oakes and her supervisor “Susan” would not permit the farm to save the food for their own consumption, or even to feed it to their livestock, and under threat of police action, forced them to pour bleach over all of it, so they couldn’t even use it for compost.
Read the story from Protein Wisdom, which links to the original.
And some still believe nationalizing the healthcare industry is benign.
Dang. Just realized that I need to lighten up, because it’s time for The Overnight Open Thread.