Part of the confusion with Denis Avery's statements about organic produce
is that he regularly lumps organic and "natural" products into the same
category. I believe there was a food posioning issue with some "natural"
produce that led Avery to make his claims.
OFRF Program Associate
At 10:53 AM 2/16/00 -0600, you wrote:
>> These claims are mainly attributed to Dennis Avery, who twisted
>> some information from Paul Mead (of the CDC).
>> I've looked at the research, and I think I know how Avery came to
>> his "conclusions" in such a round-about way (He is a helluva spin
>> doctor). I think I found that 92% of all food-related illness was
>> caused by contaminated meats and meat products (hot dogs, sausages,
>> milk, eggs, etc.), while the remaining eight percent was related
>> to produce (both organic and conventional). However, Eight times
>> more conventional produce is sold than organic produce. So,
>> Logically (to Dennis Avery), organic produce is eight times
>> more likely to contain dangerous bacterial contamination than
>> conventionally grown produce.
>That would be ludicrous! No one is that stupid! There must be more to the
>story than that. Do you have the actual data from the CDC? Even though the
>CDC study was not intended to compare organic versus conventional produce,
>it might include data that sheds light on the issue. I would like to see
>the data before I pass judgement on Avery's claim.
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