CDCの内部情報でわかりにくい関係部分を抜き出しました。 病気とはO157によるもののことで、どうやら公開調査をしないのは、有機農法産業に対する配慮ないしによる圧力のようでこうなったらGMO議論以前の段階で植物および動物防疫の立場からの議論と規制が必要と思われます。 近い将来、それまではあまり国際取引が活発でなかった(おそらく品質ないし防疫上の問題?)有機農産品の国際取引が活発になるにつれ、こういった問題は顕在化するものと思われます。 植物や動物防疫上も極めて重要で、例のO157や最近の口蹄疫などがあります。 私の知り合いの有機農法関係者も台湾からのわらがいいというので取り扱っていました。 有機農法の思想からいうと消毒なんてもってのほかです。 すなわち、江戸時代への逆戻りです。  食糧の流通と加工にたずさわる方々の昔の苦労の復活です。 このあたりの問題提起は厚生省や農林省、輸出入協会、食品流通加工業者組合・協会などに流しておいたほうがよろしいでしょう。 特に"recautinaly Principle"の観点から。 

  

>"In 1998, Avery published "The Hidden Dangers in Organic Food"

>in American Outlook, a quarterly Hudson Institute publication. It

>began: "According to recent data compiled by the US Centers for

>Disease Control (CDC), people who eat organic and 'natural' foods

>are eight times as likely as the rest of the population to be

>attacked by a deadly new strain of Ecoli bacteria (0157:H7)."

>The trouble was, the CDC denied ever having done the studies."

>

>Actually, you will notice that Mr. Avery never contended that the U.S.

>Centers for Disease Control had conducted specific studies comparing the

>foodborne illness risk in conventional vs. organic food. This is a ruse

>generated by the organic foods industry to protect themselves. Mr. Avery

>stated only that "recent data compiled by the U.S. CDC" indicated a higher

>foodborne illness risk. The CDC data do exist. If you are unable to

>obtain these data directly from the U.S. CDC, *(Table 1: Clusters/Outbreaks

>of E. coli O157:H7 infections reported to CDC in 1996) I'd be happy to

>supply you with a copy of the data we obtained from that agency. Of the

>324 cases of E. coli O157:H7 in 1996 traced by the CDC back to contaminated

>food, 118 were from organic or natural foods. Considering that organic and

>natural foods account for less than 2% of the total food supply, but more

>than one third of all foodborne cases, the "eight times" greater risk

>statement is conservative.

>Date: 17 May 2000 14:18:59 -0000

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>Date: May 16 2000 14:51:46 EDT

>From: "Kershen, Drew L" <dkershen@ou.edu>

>Subject: Organic Foods -- Nick Clark, Leeds Univ. UK

>

>

>Mr. Clark:

>

>I cannot respond to the aflatoxin in the mushrooms that Tesco recently

>removed from its shelves. I will respond to the article's comment about

>the Avery piece.

>

>Dennis Avery never claimed that the Center for Disease Control did a

>study on the safety of organic foods. Mr. Avery said (emphasis provided)

>"... based on data compiled by the Center for Disease Control ..." Mr.

>Avery did the study by using data on illness compiled by the CDC reported

>to the CDC from eating foods. I do not know where I saw the CDC data but

>I have seen the data. Mr. Avery interpreted the data.

>

>When you look at the data, Mr. Avery is correct -- of the food

>illnesses reported to CDC, organic foods were connected to the illnesses at

>the rate that Mr. Avery calculated. The weakness in Mr. Avery's

>interpretation is that the data does not provide evidence that it was the

>organic production methods that gave rise to the contamination. The

>contamination could have come from other sources (food handlers' hands, for

>example) that have nothing to do with organic production. On the other

>hand if you use the precautionary principle ... !!

>

>As for writing the the Guardian newspaper -- after the Guardian

>recently printed an article claiming that the US was dumping dangerous food

>(i.e. genetically enhanced crops) on starving Africans, Nobel winner Dr.

>Norman Borlaug wrote a response -- blistering or scathing are my adjectives

>to describe the response. It is also my understanding that the Guardian

>never printed Dr. Borlaug's letter. Instead the Guardian resurrected a

>two-year old study, misrepresented the study, and blamed Dr. Barloug for

>causing massive mental retardation in Latin America, Asia, and Africa

>through his work to create high-yielding dwarf crops (rice and wheat

>primarily), for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In light of

>the Guardian's treatment of a Nobel Peace prize-winner, I think writing

>the Guardian is a not likely to be a good use of time and energy.

>

>Best regards,

>

>Drew

>

>Drew L. Kershen

>Earl Sneed Centennial Professor of Law

>University of Oklahoma College of Law

>Norman, OK 73019-5081

>(405) 325-4784

>FAX (405) 325-6282

>dkershen@ou.ed

>________________________________________

>

>Date: May 16 2000 16:22:09 EDT

>From: Alex Avery <aavery@rica.net>

>Subject: Re: Six Contributions

>

>

>To The Guardian

>

>Dear Sir or Madam, in the story "Is organic food dangerous?" Page 9,

>section G2, you wrote:

>

>"In 1998, Avery published "The Hidden Dangers in Organic Food"

>in American Outlook, a quarterly Hudson Institute publication. It

>began: "According to recent data compiled by the US Centers for

>Disease Control (CDC), people who eat organic and 'natural' foods

>are eight times as likely as the rest of the population to be

>attacked by a deadly new strain of Ecoli bacteria (0157:H7)."

>The trouble was, the CDC denied ever having done the studies."

>

>Actually, you will notice that Mr. Avery never contended that the U.S.

>Centers for Disease Control had conducted specific studies comparing the

>foodborne illness risk in conventional vs. organic food. This is a ruse

>generated by the organic foods industry to protect themselves. Mr. Avery

>stated only that "recent data compiled by the U.S. CDC" indicated a higher

>foodborne illness risk. The CDC data do exist. If you are unable to

>obtain these data directly from the U.S. CDC, *(Table 1: Clusters/Outbreaks

>of E. coli O157:H7 infections reported to CDC in 1996) I'd be happy to

>supply you with a copy of the data we obtained from that agency. Of the

>324 cases of E. coli O157:H7 in 1996 traced by the CDC back to contaminated

>food, 118 were from organic or natural foods. Considering that organic and

>natural foods account for less than 2% of the total food supply, but more

>than one third of all foodborne cases, the "eight times" greater risk

>statement is conservative.

>

>Please correct this mistake.

>

>Sincerely,

>

>Alex Avery

>Director of Research and Education

>Center for Global Food Issues

>Hudson Institute

>(540) 337-6354

>800-876-8011

>aavery@rica.net

>www.cgfi.org

>www.cgfi.com

>

> >Date: May 16 2000 06:20:45 EDT

> >From: "N.R. CLARK" <bgy7nrc@LUCS-03.NOVELL.LEEDS.AC.UK>

> >Subject: Organic article

> >

> >While reading my paper today I cvan across an apeice about teh

> >safety of organic fodd bu a paper that is very anti GM and very pro

> >organic, surprise surprise organic is safe they say.

> >The reason I write is that there are serval things they mention as

> >false that I had read people in the forum saying as true

> >The main one is quoted before, I have not heard the source of this

> >information before but it has been quoted in many a different

> >source, it is true or not?

> >

> >"In 1998, Avery published "The Hidden Dangers in Organic Food"

> >in American Outlook, a quarterly Hudson Institute publication. It

> >began: "According to recent data compiled by the US Centers for

> >Disease Control (CDC), people who eat organic and 'natural' foods

> >are eight times as likely as the rest of the population to be

> >attacked by a deadly new strain of Ecoli bacteria (0157:H7)."

> >The trouble was, the CDC denied ever having done the studies."

> >

> >If it is true can somebody, or many people even send letters to the

> >editor with source or references for this or other studied which

> >show the same end.

> >They also claim that the E.coli found in teh Tesce mustrooms, (see

> >the e-mail from before) was a non dangerous one, not being a

> >mircobiologist I can not comment.

> >The full text can be found at

> >http://www.guardianunlimited.co.uk/health/story/0,3605,221400,00.h

> >tml

> >

> >Letter should be sent to letters@guardian.co.uk

> >A reference for the article, Page 9 in the G2 section, Is organic

> >food dangerous? needs to be included, as does a full postal

> >address.

> >Nick Clark

> >N Clark bgy7nrc@leeds.ac.uk 

>

>Alex A. Avery

>Director of Research and Education

>Center for Global Food Issues

>Hudson Institute

>P.O. Box 202

>Churchville, VA 24421

>(540) 337-6354

>fax: (540) 337-8593

>email: aavery@rica.net

>

>

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