Letter to the editor submitted by Cornucopia’s Mark Kastel to the New York Times in response to the article below:
To the editor,
Stephanie Strom’s Aug. 14 article, Recalls of Organic Food on the Rise, Report Says, is disturbing. Regardless of the rate, food recalls due to pathogenic contamination are too high in both organic and conventional food.
The increase in problems relating to organics should not be surprising. Corporate agribusiness has been poisoning our citizenry, and the FDA and USDA have been ineffective at controlling their recklessness. And Big Food now controls much of organics.
Industrial-scale (“factory”) livestock production produces sick animals that are maintained in abhorrent conditions. Organics was supposed to be the alternative, but we have seen an exponential rise in “organic” milk, meat, and eggs from the livestock factories, and a similar increase in imports of “organic” commodities from countries with endemic levels of commercial fraud and food contamination (China, India, former Soviet bloc states).
Consumers can protect their family by choosing authentic food from local certified organic farms and the companies that truly subscribe to the values that founded the industry. Brand scorecards are available at: www.cornucopia.org
Mark A. Kastel
Senior Farm Policy Analyst
The Cornucopia Institute
The New York Times
by Stephanie Strom