The Five Second Rule: Food on the Floor

What's "dirty" food? AT: Nursery is blogging the latest Harold McGee article in the Times (The Five-Second Rule Explored (May 9, 2007), which takes a good look at the ol' Five Second Rule (we always thought it was seven.)

We find ourselves pretty laid back about a carrot that's spent a moment or two on the kitchen tiles. We're of the mind that there are currently much more important safety issues regarding our food: our over-fished seas and heavy-metals in our fish, the irresponsible use of pesticides on our crops, the amount of fuel it takes to transport a beloved organic apple from New Zealand, etc.

So we put it to you:

(photo: bambamthepug.com)