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Query [Aug. 11th, 2008|11:17 am]

Somebody told me at some point in the past that I should read The Omnivore's Dilemma. Who was that?

Sidenote, from something that came up in the book and tweaked my hometown pride: Des Moines does, occaisionally, have "blue baby" days in the spring. But I barely remember them from growing up: I had to ask my mom if she remembered them, and she said it had only come up a few times. Des Moines also has probably the best metropolitan tap water I've ever had, because they have one of the world's best filtration systems.

[User Picture]From: nathan_lounge
2008-08-11 07:02 pm (UTC)
What are "blue baby" days?
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[User Picture]From: darkskywatcher
2008-08-12 12:05 am (UTC)
It is a day, almost always during the spring, where the nitrogen content of the drinking water is too high for young children to safely ingest. The city gets its water from the rivers, which get the fertilizer runoff from all the farm fields upstream.
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[User Picture]From: nathan_lounge
2008-08-12 12:44 pm (UTC)
That's awesome. How polluted is your drinking water the rest of the year?
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[User Picture]From: darkskywatcher
2008-08-12 10:38 pm (UTC)
Des Moines claims it has the world's largest nitrate filtration plant, and that that keeps the levels well under EPA standards almost all of the time.
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