Statement of CGFI’s Alex Avery on Assertions That Grain-fed Cattle are Responsible for E-coli Outbreak

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The current e-coli crisis is receiving much attention from the national news media. Today, Alex Avery, the Center for Global Food Issues’ director of research, takes issue with a New York Times op-ed on the topic.

The current e-coli crisis is receiving much attention from the national news media. Today, Alex Avery, the Center for Global Food Issues’ director of research, takes issue with a New York Times op-ed on the topic and issues the following statement:

“Nina Planck’s New York Times opinion piece on the e-coli crisis and its relationship to grain fed beef is an absolute howler," Avery says. "Rather than refute point by point all of the gross inaccuracies, out-and-out lies and mere misrepresentations, here are some resources where the facts are available to all who actually would prefer facts.

Here is a Swiss study that analyzed e-coli levels in conventional and organic herds. The result? No statistical difference.”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=15964720&dopt=Abstract

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http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/bsc/jam/2004/00000097/00000002/art00015

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About The Center for Global Food Issues

The Center for Global Food Issues staff conducts research and analysis of agriculture and the environmental concerns surrounding food and fiber production. The Center uses its worldwide overview of food and farming to assess policies, improve farmers' understanding of the new globalized farm economy, and heighten awareness of the environmental impacts of various farming systems and food policies. The key to the Center's success has been its global perspective, the only relevant viewpoint for the 21st century.

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Alex Avery, Director of Research

Center for Global Food Issues

(540) 255-6378

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