Latest Outbreak of Tainted Produce: Cantaloupe with Listeria - Says There is a Need For Healthier Food Not Supplied by the Industrial Food Chain

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A new online garden exchange is helping gardeners move away from the industrial food chain for healthier, fresher food.

Cantaloupe with listeria, spinach with e coli, jalapenos with salmonella. Tainted produce is a legitimate concern in today’s society where produce is brought in from all over the world. Government investigators can sometime take weeks to track the source of tainted produce, leaving the public uneasy. While most gardeners would prefer to just grow their own produce this isn’t always possible. Gardeners seem to always experience an over abundance of some types of produce and a lack of others., a new online produce exchange, has set out to help gardeners solve that problem. is designed to let gardeners share with each other to obtain more produce locally. This new website lets gardeners search for produce in their area by zip code from other gardeners who have more than they need. Users of the website can list the produce they have available and include a photo of their produce if they like. To encourage organic gardening a bright yellow happy face appears next to the listing if the produce was grown organically. Website users can even enter a produce item that is not currently available on a "wish list" and receive a notification when it becomes available. Gardeners trade their produce on a point system. The advantage to the point system is that a gardener can harvest and share tomatoes with members in August, and use those points to pick up limes, from a different member in October.

Although the produce exchange is just a few months old the websites founder, Lori Barudoni says, “I am excited about gardeners coming together in more and more communities to trade because gardeners have the power through online trading to have a wider variety of fresh local food available to them. They also have the power to further reduce their reliance on the industrial food chain. In today’s society with tainted produce becoming more and more common that is a move in the right direction.” was founded in July of 2011 by Lori Barudoni, a gardener who saw a need for fellow gardeners to come together and share resources. connects gardeners within their local communities to share and trade produce online. For more information please visit

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