Food poisoning is – oddly – an excellent topic for a Naturehead because it leads you to discover the ecological quirks of the microbes behind it. Food poisoning is not a single type of ocurrence. The multi-faceted phenomenon entails a wide variety of microbes, each with their own special talents.
Bacillus cereus is a species of bacteria that defies some of the commonest advice that you hear about how to avoid food poisoning. If enough of these Bacillus cereus bacteria grow on your food successfully, cooking won’t save you from harm. You might kill them off after they have aready lacd your food with potent toxins.
“The spores of some species (especially Bacillus cereus and the ‘ Bacillus subtilis ‘ group) survive cooking and can subsequently germinate and grow under favourable conditions, particularly those in warm kitchens.” (from HPA website)
Nursing Schools blog article: www.nursingschools.net/blog/2011/05/the-12-most-common-causes-of-food-poisoning
Originally posted on Moorland, the Heart of Exmoor:
Linked in from the previous article about the new interactive visitors’ map by Exmoor National Park – here’s another brilliant one for the South West Coast Path that is also great for Exmoor walks.
Find the Interactive Map (a tab just under the top photos) and zoom into Exmoor’s shoreline. The map shows you a collection of short walk routes that lead off the main coastal path.
A few of the Exmoor coastline walks
If you’re after the definitive Exmoor experience, make sure you include some coastal heath on your walks. Here are just a few:
Animal -what is an animal to you? Tardigrades will probably change your concept. BBC Nature has a bloody brilliant article on water bears (Tardigrades) in space. Be amazed!
Exmoor Moorland Apprentices