A familiar refrain could be heard in the days after the September outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7 in bagged spinach. A handful of commentators decried the unsanitary and unsustainable farming practices that had put U.S. consumers in danger.
Yet these complaints didn't come from the familiar pro-organic crowd. They came from two conservative think tanks, the Hudson Institute and the Heartland Institute. Both pre-emptively blamed organic farming in newspaper editorials peppered with referen