The recent salmonella outbreak has sparked a "spirited" debate on one of those NYT bullshit blogging heads deals. Here's the problem: not one of the experts in their invited comments talks about the structural problems with factory food, and that a complex system with lengthy supply chains and distribution links will always fail in a geographically large scale manner. Not one blurb about the problems with capital markets and foodways with derivative trading on everything from salt to eggs as a possibility. Not one mention of the MBA model of cost/benefit food analysis where a few hundred dead folks (and a few million dead chickens) means a marginal risk at best. Not a single meaningful criticism of the very notion of an "egg industry." The fight for food security is a local fight and I am glad to see one of my alma maters, UTK, sparking interest in local and market gardening among its students, even if revolves around a boutique food. Lord, what's next? A tomato that hasn't traveled three thousand miles?