Bacteria Salad

Bacteria Salad is a food safety game where you have to grow tomatoes or spinach without making people sick from e. coli or salmonella.


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Bacteria Salad is a food safety game where you have to grow vegetables (spinach or tomatoes) while avoiding food contamination. The main theme in Bacteria Salad is ‘economies of scale’ vs. ‘food safety’. This is the controversial theme of modern agriculture. The greater number fields you add to your farm, the more you will produce. You will automatically build larger farms by placing the smaller farms right next to each other. A larger farm will combine its fields in order to distribute its produce faster to the multiple supermarket refrigerators.

Throughout the game, you will have to be on the lookout for various sources of bacteria and toxins. Cows and wild pigs could contaminate your fields with their faeces. You will need to watch out for agro-terrorists as they might infect your fields with harmful toxins. If any vegetables (spinach or tomatoes) become infected, you will then have to dig up the soil in order to remove the animal faeces, tainted water, or toxins. If three people get sick or die from e. coli, salmonella, or any other type of food poisoning, you will automatically lose the game.

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