“One German organic farm has killed twice as many people as the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the Gulf Oil spill combined.”

There is always sensationalism from the environmentalists when it comes to things like nuclear power plants and oil spills. After the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, we were treated to weeks of hysteric predictions of doom from the anti-nuclear crowd in the green movement. After the gulf oil spill, to hear some in the media describe it, we were in for an ecological apocalypse in the gulf coast region.

Of course, reality didn’t live up to hype. And just to put it all into perspective, consider this:

Investigators have determined that German-grown vegetable sprouts [from an organic farm in Lower Saxony] are the cause of the E. coli outbreak that has killed 29 people and sickened nearly 3,000, the head of Germany’s national disease control center said Friday.

As one commenter at Small Dead Animals said, “One German organic farm has killed twice as many people as the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the Gulf Oil spill combined.”

Don’t expect the environmentalist movement to start protesting organic food farms.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Bat One

    An organic farm, huh?  29 people (or is it 30?) dead, and more than 3000 sickened.  What a pitifully sad irony!

  • headward

    Oraganic food kills people everyday by not increasing the food supply therefore people starve to death.

    RIP Norman Borlaug, the man who saved more lives than any other human.

  • mikemc1970

    If you are not going to use chemicals in pest control, then you have to irradiate the food.

    • WOOF

       That’s what the Japanese are doing.

      TOKYO — Japan will for the first time report to the UN nuclear watchdog that fuel in its crippled Fukushima plant may have melted through the bottoms of three reactor core vessels

      • mikemc1970

        Please come back when you actually know what I’m talking about. Thanks.

  • LastBestHope

    Does anyone remember the “organic” apple juice E-coli outbreak years ago?  It’s pretty clear that being “green & organic” is no passport to long life. (how many birds does wind power kill each year?)

    Rob’s headline had not occured to me before. So where are the sceaming liberals demanding justice? This story will no doubt make ‘em choke on their tofu.

    Now excuse me…..gotta put a porterhouse on the grill. (rare or it’s ruined and I AM the grillmaster since teen days)

  • LastBestHope

    SPECIAL REPORT just reported on this story in a big way. There are now 4 cases in the US from people who had been in Germany. There is another case where a family member had been to Germany but the person infected had not. (what this might indicate is all bad)

    Further, this potent pathogen is resistant to 8 of the most powerful antibiotics used at present.

    • 2hotel9

      Sorry. If your digestive tract and immune system are so weak you can’t handle a bit of food poisoning you need to die for the betterment of the human race.

      • DRO

        Hmm…looks like we have a supporter of death panels here….

        • 2hotel9

          Hmm, and looks like we have us another believer in Obamacare and socialism here….

  • 2hotel9

    Here is a hint, for free!!!!!!!   Wash and cook your vegetables., morons. Thus endeth the lesson.

    • morrile2

      Unfortunately, that doesn’t work for sprouts which carry the e-coli internally and are mostly eaten raw.

      • 2hotel9

        Yes, it does. Wash and cook, then this will not happen. If you willingly eat food that you know is contaminated and take no precautions you deserve to die a slow, agonizing death.

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    It just doesn’t get any dumber than this.  Only at places like SAB could people screw up the cause and effect of an E. coli breakout.

     

    Current Status of the Investigation

    Multiple lines of evidence have implicated shredded romaine
    lettuce from one processing facility as a source of infection in this
    outbreak. This evidence includes the identification of the outbreak
    strain of E. coli O145 from an unopened package of shredded
    romaine lettuce obtained at an institution that received product from
    the processing facility linked to the outbreak. Case-control studies in
    Michigan and Ohio found significant associations between illness and
    consumption of romaine lettuce processed at the same facility that
    processed lettuce consumed by ill persons in New York, Pennsylvania,
    and Tennessee.

    The lettuce processing company has issued a recall of lettuce produced at their facility as a result of the evidence obtained to date.  An additional recall was issued by a separate company that received lettuce from the same farm as the processing company linked to the outbreak.

    Testing of shredded romaine lettuce from the processing company also identified an E. coli
    O143 producing Shiga toxin 1, which is different from the outbreak
    strain.  This strain is not associated with any human illness, and
    appears to be an incidental finding.  

    This investigation is ongoing. At this time, local, state,
    and federal health officials are involved in many different types of
    investigative activities, including:

    -Conducting surveillance for additional illnesses that could be related to the outbreak.-Conducting epidemiologic studies that includes gathering
    detailed information from ill persons (cases) and from healthy persons
    (controls) about foods recently eaten and other exposures.-Gathering and testing food products that are suspected as
    possible sources of infection to see if they are contaminated with
    bacteria.-Following any epidemiologic leads gathered from interviews
    with patients, food purchase information, or from patterns of
    processing, production and/or distribution of suspected products.-FDA is working closely with its state partners in the
    investigations at the food processor and at the farm level to determine
    where in the distribution chain the point of contamination likely
    occurred.

    -Public health and agriculture officials in Michigan, New
    York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee, along with CDC and FDA, are
    actively engaged in this investigation.

    http://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2010/ecoli_o145/index.html

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    There is no cause and effect shown or presented by the partisan hack of an author who wrote this post.  There isn’t even a relevant point except to say that E. coli has killed more people than radiation.  There is no more causal relationship between organic foods than there is any other type of food.  Processing vegetables in general is the only thing directly related to this problem.

    • 2hotel9

      Poor tranni! All that cut&paste and you got it all wrong, as usual. What a retarded c*nt you are.

      • Guest

        “What a retarded c*nt you are.”

        STOP FLATTERING HIM, HE’LL NEVER GO AWAY IF YOU KEEP FEEDING HIS EGO.

        • 2hotel9

          Fact is tranni will never go away because it is infected with the mental disease self-destructive masochism.

      • Guest

        Well, the facts are this is NOT caused by “natural” means. This was a “designer” bacteria. The organic farmers had nothing to do with it…it was an attack on natural food supplies. These farmers are victims.

        • 2hotel9

          Wrong. It is just E coli, no different from a thousand other strains. Piss poor sanitation is all the problem these idiots have. And again, for all the mental retards in the world, wash and cook your vegetables, f*cking morons, and this sh*t will not happen.

    • morrile2

      No causal relationship? Personally, I don’t like shit on my lettuce but, maybe greenies have a different attitude.

      Organically grown is greenspeak for “raised in pigshit”. 

  • syantiss

    Three of the cores have melted into radioactive lava that has eaten through the containment vessel and the pressure tanks… And is now sitting on the concrete floor of the facilities… If it eats through that it will travel potentially unabated to the water table where the heat from the lava may create an explosion… If it doesn’t explode it will contaminate the water table.

    The fourth reactor, where the rods have not turned to lava have the potential to return to critical.

    Radiation is not a rapid killer like E-coli… Let’s revisit these numbers in 20 years… Aey?

  • Cherz1967

    Alas the useful idiots have spoken.  Today we learned that the fire in Arizona would not have been so bad had the environmentalists allowed loggers access to the pines.

    Now the liberals on this post may be right about the organic foods not being the cause of the German’s sickness, but I can pretty much guarantee that they are making me ill as hell.

    • 2hotel9

      It is confirmed, raw vegetables, bean sprouts primarily, are the source of this outbreak.

      So, wash and cook your veggies and this will not happen to you. Simple as that.

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