Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Spinach Anyone?

We've probably all heard about the Spinach Scare of '06, but have you heard the other part of the story? The part where they talk about where the e-coli actually came from and that it's probably not what the media was talking about the most.

The recent tragic outbreak of E. coli contamination in spinach that has killed one person and poisoned at least 146 others, is being mistakenly blamed, by some in the media, on organic farming practices--specifically the use of animal manure in making fertilizer compost on organic farms. While no conclusive source of the current E.coli outbreak has yet been determined, mountains of E.coli-tainted manure on conventional factory farm feedlots and rainfall-induced agricultural runoff are the likely culprits. Despite this fact, a number of apologists for industrial agriculture continue to attack organic food in the press as "unsafe." (To read OCA's position paper and other in-depth articles on the E.coli crisis go to OCA's daily news page http://www.organicconsumers.org/2006/log.cfm).

Help spread the truth--
Follow this link to send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper in support of organics: http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/oca/pickMedia.jsp?letter_KEY=569

Follow the link, see where it takes you. Spread the truth. Truth smells better than fertilizer any day of the week!

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