Organic Food Deaths in Europe Could Have Been Prevented

On the heels of the worst recorded outbreak of E. coli infections, with a death toll of 40 people, organic activists still can't face the facts. Mark A. Kastel, co-director of The Cornucopia Institute, points to "the importance of knowing the origin of your manure... otherwise," he says as if speaking to little children, "it could become the source of spreading foodborne pathogens such as E. coli."[1]  Kastel seems oblivious to the fact that it was a certified-organic farm that was the source of this deadly E. coli outbreak, and tries to blame conventional beef and dairy farms.  Right...and this disaster had nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that there's no field-testing in the organic industry?  Really? Wrong!  If certified-organic farms and processing facilities were routinely tested, as President Clinton and the American Consumers Union wanted back in 1997,[2] this disaster might have been averted.  Instead, reams of paperwork are required to "ensure"...(Read Full Article)

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