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Devon Fredericksen is a Bishop, Calif.-based writer who specializes in food and environmental issues. In addition to Food Safety News, her work has been published in Meatpaper, Indian Country Today Media Network, The Sheet, Eastside Magazine, The Planet, The Western Front, and Huxley College's book, Green Fire, a collection of environmental profiles. She holds B.A. degrees in environmental journalism and Spanish from Western Washington University.

As urban homesteading becomes increasingly popular, more people are refraining from store-bought eggs to try their hand at raising backyard chickens. However, despite the many potential benefits, it’s still necessary to take precautions against disease and pathogens like Salmonella.


Last week, for example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that an outbreak

For many American families, Memorial Day marks the official opening of barbeque season. Although grilled meat is regarded as traditional American fare — and humans have been grilling food since fire was discovered — frequently eating grilled meats can increase the risk of certain types of cancers.


While the risk is relative — it could…