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  1. #1 Dead Bodies Demand Organic Food Moratorium 
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    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.

    In response to the oil spill, countries all over the world have stopped or curtailed deep-water oil drilling as new safety and environmental regulations are designed and implemented. And ground hasn’t been broken on any new nuclear power plant in Europe or the United States since news of the Japanese meltdown broke. Germany is developing plans to mothball its whole nuclear industry.

    Yet, 23 deaths and more than 1,000 hospitalizations caused by an industrial accident at an organic farm in northern Germany have caused no such newfound caution toward the expansion of that industry. It is easy to understand why. Organic farming has a reputation for being the domain of small-scale family businesses focused on caring for the Earth more than profits. Every organic-produce customer I interviewed at three supermarkets since the German outbreak began have cited better health as a key reason for buying organic food.

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    How can dead bodies demand anything? Did ACORN show up and register them to vote in Chicago?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arroyo_Doble View Post
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    I seem to recall you telling me to sit in a corner a few days ago...
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    Quote Originally Posted by pyackog View Post
    I seem to recall you telling me to sit in a corner a few days ago...
    It's a fair cop.
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    Organic farms could be required to take a page from what the Union of Concerned Scientists recently proposed for nuclear power plants. As each new organic facility is proposed and then designed, it should have to prove to an Organic Regulatory Commission (ORC) that it is safer than previously designed organic farms and safer than modern alternatives.
    This article is a tad hysterical and the UCS is not what I would call an unbiased group. While I'm all for food safety, eating is actually an inherently risky proposition - it's just that risks are minor almost all of the time. The number of deaths in Germany is awful but the number of infected people who did not die or suffer any major illness is huge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pyackog View Post
    I seem to recall you telling me to sit in a corner a few days ago...
    I think that was me...:p
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