At one point in the debate, Wenonah Hauter insisted that the big 2006 spinach recall was of conventionally-grown spinach … NOT organic. However, we checked. Turns out the FDA’s own study reveals that “the ready-to-eat produce from this leased acreage was sold as conventional produce but organic growing practices were used.”
Facts like that are inconvenient for ‘natural’ foods activists. The truth is that conventional farmers do a lot of good. They’ve used chemicals and genetically-engineered crops to grow more food on less land. Yet their reputation has been trashed by ‘natural,’ organic farmers and their boosters who claim, without evidence, that they are better. They simply are not.
David Tribe’s research career in academia and industry has covered molecular genetics, biochemistry, microbial evolution and biotechnology. He has over 60 publications and patents. Dr. Tribe's recent activities focus on agricultural policy and food risk management. He teaches graduate programs in food science and risk management as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Agriculture and Food Systems, University of Melbourne.