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Certified organic crops are not tested for human pathogens with Mischa Popoff, B.A. Mischa Popoff is a former organic farmer and USDA-contract organic inspector. Bachelor of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. Author of “History of nitrogen for warfare and fertilizer” and “Is it Organic? The inside story of the organic industry.” Policy Advisor for The Heartland Institute. Research Associate for The Frontier Centre for Public Policy. He will explain how the lack of field testing in the global organic industry may have contributed to foodborne bacterial outbreaks.
Agenda: 1. Introduction 2. What is a foodborne outbreak? 3. What is a USDA-certified organic grower? 4. What are the facts about the recent organic frozen berry outbreak? 5. Did improper hand washing contribute to the outbreak? 6. Where did the protocol error occur? 7. How did the error infect 131 people in 8 states? 8. Could the virus have been introduced with improperly-composted manure? 9. Why isn’t this being discussed? 10. What measures, if any, are taken in the multibillion dollar organic industry to prevent food-borne illness (and even death) resulting from improperly-composted manure? 11. Conclusion
Mischa Popoff, B.A. (Hons.) U. of S. Organic farming consultant Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada 250-495-2902 www.isitorganic.ca For public speaking engagements or consultations, please contact the National Speakers Bureau Sawa Matsumura, 1-800-661-4110 ext. 311, firstname.lastname@example.org
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