WASH YOUR HANDS THE COOL WAY

Wayne Roberts
Jun 22, 2017 · 11 min read
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At FoodShare, food is all about food HANDling, and hands get their due in a new report on handwashing

Working on food projects is funstrating. Details and hassles are frustrating. But grasping for hope, connection and empowerment makes it fun. This funstrating paradox explains why so many people want to do food, despite the frustrations.

Let me give one example among many — from the field of food safety.

The latest science shows that people can handle or eat food with clean hands and a clear conscience after a quick wash with ordinary soap and water. No need to take a long time, use anti-bacterial soap, or wait for hot water. Amazing as it sounds, that research can make a news splash in 2017, even with Trump’s tweets going off all around us.

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Women lead the sanitation movement in many countries because they know it full value and many spin-offs
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Nothing gets better without practice, including food policy
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We can’t deal with food without dealing with hands
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Cities can tap into huge savings by encouraging people to wash their hand with cool water
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Charlie Chaplin exposed the ultimate degradation of Modern Times — loss of food dignity
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Sanitary reformers accomplished much good, but many bad habits cling on
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My old colleague, Jim Chan — in retirement he does cartoons and graphics to promote food safety — engaging people in changing practices remains his credo.
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There’s nothing washed up about food safety, even though governments often ignore it
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Toronto Public Health trains food workers in safe food handling: Look ma, no plastic gloves!!!

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