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JonBailey64
Veteran Contributor

How do American farms keep rats and mice out of the food we buy?

The following video is on harvesting wheat. The wheat is dumped onto the floor of a warehouse, driven over with a tractor and stepped on by farm workers in boots. What is to keep rodents out of this wheat that our bread and cereal is made from?

 

What is to keep any leaking oil and grease from machinery out of the wheat?

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=475FcEdBrzg

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mzeiler72709
Contributor

Re: How do American farms keep rats and mice out of the food we buy?

That video was obviously made for 5 year olds in Europe! But ask the Europeans how they keep rodents out? That might be your best bet! This video is so backwoods compared to American agriculture its pathetic!

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belarus
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Re: How do American farms keep rats and mice out of the food we buy?

backwards?  Did you see that wheat?  Looked like 7 cm rows with 20-30 meter tram lines.  What would you peg the yield?  Watch it again.  Conservatively looks like 140-180 bushels per acre to me?  We don't grow wheat like that in the US.

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sw363535
Honored Advisor

Re: How do American farms keep rats and mice out of the food we buy?

Jon,

 

Not much wheat in the US is handled with ftractors with front end scoops or kept in flat storage where that much handling is  needed.

But it is in some locations and can even be stored in piles on the ground occasionally by the companies who purchase the grain.

 

Your question.... Rodents and contamination...  Farmers follow much the same procedures as in a house in the city...  Rodents are always near, especially with crop fields around.  Field mice look for food and shelter as winter approaches and farmers follow a lot of methods of rodent control.

Beginning with the sealing of buildings.  Notice in the picture there is metal lining on the inside of the door and sides of the building.  When the warehouse doors are shut, that lining blocks out the majority of rodents.  Beyond that most use some sort of rodent population control outside the storage building, primarily rodent poison control like a bleeding agent.  Every building on a farm battles rodents from the wild.

Remember the wheat just came in from a field where it is exposed to rodent, insects, birds, and dirt contamination.  The primary point of public safety in the wheat to bread trail comes when the best wheats are chosen for milling flour.  There is an extensive cleaning process ahead of and at the mills that removes whatever minor amount of contamination might be present.

If we tried to insure it clean at the farm, then it would be  subject to transportation and shipping contamination.  So the cleaning and washing comes primarily at the milling stage..

 

Someone may be able to add to or correct this... but that is my understanding

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sw363535
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Re: How do American farms keep rats and mice out of the food we buy?

Aren"t u-tube videos a wonderful resource ??

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