Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Better dead than eat irradiated food

The "deadliest E. coli outbreak in history" could have been prevented but for organic food Luddites:
The bean sprout crop that was the source of the outbreak requires a warm and humid environment to grow, which increases the risk of contamination by E. coli and other disease-causing bacteria. The only certain means of reducing this risk is to irradiate the bean sprout seeds, which effectively kills 99.999 per cent of E. coli. There is no evidence that food irradiation is harmful to consumers, and also no evidence that it affects the nutritional quality of food.

Despite these facts, the organic industry continues to lobby against the use of irradiation. When President Bill Clinton's agriculture secretary Dan Glickman proposed including irradiation in the US National Organic Standards in 1998 - specifically to reduce E. coli risk - the US Department of Agriculture received over 300,000 petitions from individuals and organisations in the US and Europe opposing this move. As a result this provision was removed from the final legislation.
Better to risk sickness and death rather than subject foods to harmless radiation.


Anonymous Godfrey said...

That's fine - label things as "safe" (irradiated) and "organic". Let natural selection take care of the rest.

I believe there was some outcry at Pasteurised milk too.

7:19 PM  

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