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How Green Is My Salad: Oubreaks of Food Poisoning Should put Irradiation and Genetic Modification Back on the Menu

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Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher(s): Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace

Author(s): Henry I. Miller

Funder(s): Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace

Funder(s): Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace

Series: Hoover Digest

Topic: Agriculture, forestry and fishing (Agricultural extension, research, and technology)
Health (Food and nutrition)

Keywords: Health; Food Safety; Genetic Modification

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

In the summer of 2008, an outbreak of food poisoning due to tomatoes infected by a bacterium called Salmonella saintpaul. Shortly afterward, fresh jalapeño and serrano peppers from Mexico were also implicated. Protection from persistent bacteria and the toxins that they produce is best found in a technology known as gene-splicing (also known as “genetic modification” or GM), a solution to which the organic lobby has been historically opposed.