Dead bodies demand organic food moratorium

From Dave Mastio, deputy editorial page editor of the Washington Times:

Right now, someone nearby is buying organic bean sprouts. It may be the last thing he ever does. Last week’s E. coli outbreak in Germany — potentially traced to an organic farm — was more deadly than the largest nuclear disaster of the last quarter-century.

Indeed, in the past two years, two public safety stories have dominated global news headlines – an explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and a nuclear power plant meltdown in Japan. Yet in the recent German organic-food-disease outbreak, nearly twice as many people already have died as in the two other industrial disasters combined…

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3 thoughts on “Dead bodies demand organic food moratorium”

  1. Since we don’t eat glass, iron, platinum, paladium or plutonium, I thought all food was “organic” 😉

  2. I noticed Mr. Mastio’s comment to the effect that E coli deaths during the past 2 years exceed all nuclear deaths by a factor of 2. I do not doubt the truth of that but observe that he has compared apples to oranges. Not all E coli deaths are the result of organic foods. Many have been caused by improperly prepared meat for example.

    Faulty comparisons is something that I often see in the Washington Post as that paper tries to exaggerate some risk in order to promote its political agenda. I believe that the Washington Times is normally more responsible than that and am disappointed to see the Times use this cheap trick.

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