The humorous reference to "white death" takes on a whole new meaning.
To the list of simple childhood pleasures whose safety has been questioned, add this: eating snow. A recent study found that snow — even in relatively pristine spots like Montana and the Yukon — contains large amounts of bacteria.Fortunately I'm not raising bean or tomato plants; I'm raising children. Face washes, snowball fights and eating snow are still permitted at Casa Wigderson.
Parents who warn their kids not to eat dirty snow (especially the yellow variety) are left wondering whether to stop them from tasting the new-fallen stuff, too, because of Pseudomonas syringae, bacteria that can cause diseases in bean and tomato plants.