Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Summer is right around the corner.Time for cold beer, burgers on the grill, SPF 30 on the beach, and weekend escapes with the convertible top down.Farmers’ markets have bloomed everywhere, filled with organic foods by the bushel.But have you noticed that organic foods seem a little different this year?Suddenly, it’s no longer enough just to be labeled “organic.” Now everything organic has to come with a little story.From leaf lettuce “carefully tended by dedicated gourmet vegetarian monks,” to beef cattle “pampered by sensitive cowboys on isolated ranches in Wyoming,” the stories get more and more creative.Organic foods now compete with other organic foods for the best “back story,” to use Hollywood screenwriters’ favorite word.And even writing a menu for an organic restaurant is now an officially sanctioned academic course at some schools.Example: Do you only want a “Cobb Salad”?Or would you rather have “Fourme d’Ambert, preservative-free Applewood Smoked Bacon, Buttermilk ‘Panna Cotta’ from specially-bred Guernsey Cows, organic-certified Romaine Lettuce, Free-Range Hard Boiled Egg and Scallion Salad” on your plate?Same thing, my friends.So here’s the story of an organic chicken. We’ll call her Melinda.Melinda was hatched into a wonderful, loving family, as you might expect.And she was raised properly on a farm in Utopia, Vermont. That is, she grew up pecking away at organic corn and nine other natural grains, and she greatly enjoyed listening to Mozart’s beautiful “Piano Concerto in G Major, K. 453,” which was piped into her coop.The occasional yoga class kept her flexible, fit and helped her achieve a harmonious relationship with her barnyard world.A good-natured, sociable chicken, Melinda learned the art of meditation from her mother, one of the first Buddhist chickens in the coop. She learned that if she led a good life, she might eventually attain chicken nirvana.But also being a down-to-Earth bird, so to speak, Melinda knew that she would probably come back to Earth several times in various incarnations. In her next life, she hoped to return as a golden retriever, after enviously watching several on the farm who seemed to be eternally happy and filled with joy at the sight of something as simple as a small yellow ball.Melinda was, of course, a free-range chicken, which gave her the comforting illusion that she could wander around without care for the rest of her natural life.She loved the wholesome grain, the gentle breeze, the sun on her beak, the stars at night and the 15,000 other young chickens with whom she shared her cozy home.All in all, Melinda was the ideal organic chicken—with the perfect credentials to wind up in our local farmers’ market the other day: free-range, grain-fed, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, relaxed, at peace with herself, and looking forward to a happy afterlife.Melinda was priced at 10.50 a pound. (Hey, good “back stories” don’t come cheap. Also note that, following the advice of marketing gurus, I didn’t use the $ sign. Research tells us that would make Melinda look too expensive.)It’s a big, organic world out there—more than $30 billion worth of organic food is now sold every year in our country.So whether you buy chemically-free, or non-GMO, or naturally-sedated or whatever, as the Cockneys say in London, “you pays your money and you takes your choice.”It all comes down to whose story you believe.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Christopher Twarowski, Rashed Mian and Michael ConfortiA single-engine plane crashed in Syosset Tuesday afternoon, killing its three occupants, sending nearby school children and faculty scrambling for cover, and drawing local first responders to the scene in and around Cold Spring Road. Students reported hearing a loud explosion and seeing debris falling from the sky in the vicinity of Syosset High School and South Woods Middle School.The FAA confirmed the aircraft as a Beech BE35, which crashed at 3:39 p.m. on its way to Robertson Field in Plainville, CT from Myrtle Beach, SC.A Nassau County police spokesperson at the scene described a large debris field and potential damage to nearby homes. Police and county officials did not elaborate on a probable cause of the accident.The Syosset School District sent an automated message around 4 p.m. informing parents that an incident had occurred at approximately 3:40 p.m. and that police were requesting South Woods Middle School, Berry Hill Elementary School and Syosset High School personnel and children to remain indoors and that parents delay coming to the school until further notice.Syosset Fire Department was searching the area and recovering and securing debris. Adjacent roads to the crash site were closed.Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, on the scene, called the accident “tragic,” confirming that all three passengers had been killed, and that the pilot of the doomed craft had sent out a “mayday” that was received at Republic Airport in Farmingdale.He added that the aircraft could hold up to seven passengers.Lisa DeVito, who lives on Cold Spring Road, told the Press at the scene that she heard a “buzz like a zzzzz—and then boom!“But it didn’t sound like an explosion,” she added, rather it “sounded like they dropped a tree trunk.”DeVito said she observed what appeared to be a dead body in the middle of a street adjacent to her home, but did not see any debris nearby.Jeanine DeStefani, another nearby resident, said she received calls from her two children asking whether she was okay. Her seventh-grader, who attends South Woods Middle School, was at lacrosse practice when the incident occurred and told her he saw debris falling from the sky.“They heard a pop,” she said.The FAA will investigate the crash and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause, said the agency.
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