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Date:  15 March 2001

"ORGANIC  FARMING  POSES  ITS  OWN  RISKS"  SAYS HUDSON INSTITUTE

"Personally, I distrust everything that comes from NGIN"
Alex Avery, Hudson Institute, 18 Jan 2001
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ngin comment:  The son of old E.co-lie is back:

"Organic Farming Poses Its Own Risks, Says Hudson Institute" - "Any significant increase in U.S. organic farming would result in a disproportionate surge in pesticide use, which would lead to unintended and undesirable consequences, warns a new report from the Hudson Institute.

Authored by Alex Avery, director of research at the institute's Center for Global Food Issues, the report was released Feb. 9. It is intended to "dispel some of the myths about organic farming,"
Avery told Pesticide & Toxic Chemical News." (Food Chemical News Publishing)
Monsanto have the article at: http://www.biotechknowledge.com/showlib.php3?uid=4743&country=uk

full report as pdf at:
http://www.biotechknowledge.com/2001/feb/hudson.pdf
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Here's another anti-organic item hosted by Monsanto:
http://www.biotechknowledge.com/showlib.php3?uid=4747&country=uk
Food For Thought (Summary)

According to the South China Morning Post, a report in The Independent, following a series of tests on organically produced and non-organically produced food, the head of the country's Food Standards Agency said people were unnecessarily paying a premium for organic fare. “Sir John Krebs, chairman of the government-appointed body, said there was no evidence that organic food
was healthier than conventionally grown produce.“

“Organic food, which is becoming an increasingly common sight on Hong Kong's supermarket shelves, has reportedly become so popular in Britain that its farmers are struggling to keep up with a demand.

However, the debate over whether organic food is really safer or more nutritious is unlikely to dent demand, according to food industry specialists. This is even though new doubts were raised recently when the British government's Agriculture Select Committee said many of the claims for organic food could not be backed by fact and still needed to be verified in independent tests. The committee said the attempt to meet booming. demand was threatening the industry's ‘traditional values’.

The organic food industry suffered another blow late last year when scientists at Emory University in Georgia revealed links between a common organic pesticide and Parkinson's disease. In the study, rats exposed to doses of Rotenone, a naturally occurring pesticide used by organic farmers, gradually lost brain cell function and then developed symptoms of Parkinson's. A spokesman for the organic farming umbrella group The Soil Association was reported as saying Rotenone was a natural plant extract and used mainly as a last resort.”
 

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