Monday, September 18, 2006

Organic Food

This should come as a suprise to - well no one.

Federal health officials last night linked a deadly E. coli outbreak in bagged spinach products to a California farm company that sells organic produce in 74 percent of the country's grocery stores.

There are some very good reasons that farmers started using pesticides in growing food - they make the food safer and cheaper. There are those that hate progress for progress's sake, conveniently forgetting how tough times used to be. Getting sick from food and the environment used to be the norm, how quickly we forget how good we have it.

Unfortunately, people have had to die or get very sick in order to learn this lesson. The question is whether or not they will understand it. From the early noises of litigating in order to ensure safe organic food I'm highly skeptical.

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