Palaces For The People
Wednesday, October 29, 2003
Pro Organics, Canada's Organic Fresh Food Leader

Organic agriculture is no stranger to controversy, much of which has been in the form of fallacious statements about the safety and reliability of organic production methods. This time, the claim is that organic foods are contaminated with e-coli bacteria, due to the use of manure in organic agriculture.

The current source for the claim is Dennis Avery of the Hudson Institute, a right-wing think-tank vigorously opposed to sustainable systems. Avery makes hay with the problems faced by organic juice producers two years ago, and feeds on the fears of consumers that their food might not be safe. Unfortunately, the Hudson Institute is considered a reliable source of information by many in the media, and Avery's claims were not researched further, resulting in a great deal of misinformation in publications like the Wall Street Journal. The Hudson Institute's Board includes James H. Dowling from the multinational PR firm Burson-Marsteller, Craig Fuller (who led the PR firm Hill & Knowlton's Gulf War front group Citizens for a Free Kuwait), and Kenneth Duberstein (who runs a top DC lobby firm with a host of corporate clients). Hudson's generous funders include the Archer Daniels Midland Corporation. Source: Food Bytes #16

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