Eating Roadkill's Okay. Organic Picnics Aren't.


Roadkill's good eats. Organic picnics aren't. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • Roadkill's good eats. Organic picnics aren't.

Missouri's deer season started on Saturday, meaning the critters are on the run from the riflemen and ripe for the car-wrecking and eating.

Last week NPR's food blog, The Salt, examined the laws pertaining to eating roadkill around the country. Taking roadkill home is a-ok according to laws in Florida and Tennessee.

In Alaska, moose that have had unfortunate encounters with trains are retrieved by prison inmates, butchered, and donated to food banks. Ten thousand pounds of meat is given to the needy annually through this program.

Travel Channel's Steven Rinella of The Wild Within even gives tips on how to make sure your roadkill isn't diseased.

While eating your roadkill, don't dare have an organic farm-to-table picnic with it. At least not if you're in southern Nevada

News has surfaced about a farm-to-table dinner at Quail Hollow Farm in Overton, Nevada, last month that came to an abrupt end when local health inspectors crashed the party, demanding that the farmers and chef soak the food in bleach to prevent consumption. The violations? Meat that wasn't USDA approved, produce that had been brought from Utah where it was approved safe but considered a biohazard, and a lack of receipts for the food. Because it was grown on the farm where it was to be eaten.

But roadkill? That's okay.

This video were taken during the raid and in its aftermath.

Farm owner Laura Bledsoe explains to the crowd what happened.


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