Irradiate the Manure in 'Organic' Farming

Jerry Schmitt
Imagine if McDonald's Corporation had randomly killed people throughout Europe because of poison traced to its fast food? Liberal outrage and calls in the press for recompense and new safety-measures (if not outright banning of Big Macs) would be loud and unceasing. Yet repeated deadly outbreaks of Eshcerichia coli infection that are traced to "healthful" bean sprouts from "organic" farms are hardly noticed except as being somehow a failure of government inspections.

According to the New York Times, in the recent "organic" incident in Germany many more people have died than have ever been harmed by, say, the nuclear power industry.

"In addition to the 30 deaths in Germany, one was reported in Sweden."

However no one is held to account in this Times reporting of the incident. Where are the mass protests by "Greens" in Germany over the proven deadly "organic farming" industry? The answer, of course, is that Organic Farming -- which relies upon animal fecal-matter as natural fertilizer -- is a politically-correct enterprise akin to environmentalism and therefore ipso-facto above reproach by liberals and the mainstream press. But facts are facts, and the present practice of organic farming -- wherein deadly-germs present in untreated manure can contaminate the food produce -- is proven to be massively deleterious to human health. This primitive practice can no longer be tolerated without mandated improvements in safety. Fortunately there are some simple technological solutions on the horizon.

Now I am willing to concede that "organic" produce may indeed taste better - at least to some consumers - versus safe produce grown with purified chemical fertilizers. Frightened by the Green Lobby's play on the similarity between the words "radiation" and "irradiation", consumers will also likely reject calls for further irradiation of organic foods as somehow being unnatural -- and thus spoiling the superiority inherent in the whole marketing notion of pricier "organic" foods. But what objection can there be to sterilizing the manure as a safety measure for the organic fams by means of irradiation  No one is going to eat the manure. Such a measure could vastly reduce the presence of human pathogens in the manure as shown, for example, by this scientific study completed in Indonesia -- where presumably, factors affecting public-health still trump political correctness.

Doubtless liberals will object to safety measures that may increase the costs of arugala at Whole Foods. But when has the cost of a safety measure ever been considered when proposed and imposed by liberals on such industries as nuclear power, automobile manufacturing or coal-mining? What's good for the goose....


Imagine if McDonald's Corporation had randomly killed people throughout Europe because of poison traced to its fast food? Liberal outrage and calls in the press for recompense and new safety-measures (if not outright banning of Big Macs) would be loud and unceasing. Yet repeated deadly outbreaks of Eshcerichia coli infection that are traced to "healthful" bean sprouts from "organic" farms are hardly noticed except as being somehow a failure of government inspections.

According to the New York Times, in the recent "organic" incident in Germany many more people have died than have ever been harmed by, say, the nuclear power industry.

"In addition to the 30 deaths in Germany, one was reported in Sweden."

However no one is held to account in this Times reporting of the incident. Where are the mass protests by "Greens" in Germany over the proven deadly "organic farming" industry? The answer, of course, is that Organic Farming -- which relies upon animal fecal-matter as natural fertilizer -- is a politically-correct enterprise akin to environmentalism and therefore ipso-facto above reproach by liberals and the mainstream press. But facts are facts, and the present practice of organic farming -- wherein deadly-germs present in untreated manure can contaminate the food produce -- is proven to be massively deleterious to human health. This primitive practice can no longer be tolerated without mandated improvements in safety. Fortunately there are some simple technological solutions on the horizon.

Now I am willing to concede that "organic" produce may indeed taste better - at least to some consumers - versus safe produce grown with purified chemical fertilizers. Frightened by the Green Lobby's play on the similarity between the words "radiation" and "irradiation", consumers will also likely reject calls for further irradiation of organic foods as somehow being unnatural -- and thus spoiling the superiority inherent in the whole marketing notion of pricier "organic" foods. But what objection can there be to sterilizing the manure as a safety measure for the organic fams by means of irradiation  No one is going to eat the manure. Such a measure could vastly reduce the presence of human pathogens in the manure as shown, for example, by this scientific study completed in Indonesia -- where presumably, factors affecting public-health still trump political correctness.

Doubtless liberals will object to safety measures that may increase the costs of arugala at Whole Foods. But when has the cost of a safety measure ever been considered when proposed and imposed by liberals on such industries as nuclear power, automobile manufacturing or coal-mining? What's good for the goose....