My latest Suite 101 article is "How to Defend Yourself from Flood-Contaminated Garden Vegetables".

I know: we all think of the vegetables as victims in a flood, but contamination could turn your produce into rogue rutabagas.

"Minot, N.D., flooded from the Souris River in June 2011" by Clay Church of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Major health problems may arise from eating fruit or vegetables contaminated by flooding. My article's focus is on practical safety tips for dealing with fruit orchards or vegetable gardens after a flood.

I also promoted this article through my DeHaan Services blog entry, "Floods may Contaminate your Garden or Orchard".

Writing Tips

Here are two writing tips based on my experience writing this article.

First, read news releases with an open mind. I was inspired to write this article by a Pennsylvania State University item. Since I usually think of flooding as "immediate threat to life" and "expensive property repairs", this health follow-up was new to me.

Second, consider whether a topic has value to anyone. While I hope none of my readers is hit by any natural disaster, it's clear that some people will be unlucky. Since this information was new to me, it might be new and valuable to others.

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