SPINACH SHAKEOUT

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.

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

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