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Rick Worthington Organic Food Fake News Campaign
by Rick Worthington, click here for bio

Program: Farm and Ranch Report
Date: February 15, 2018

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An investigative journalist and author says there's a robust campaign underway to downplay the benefits of organic agriculture.

Stacy Malkan, co-founder of the group U.S. Right to Know, says so-called fake news is being generated about organic foods, and big corporations in agriculture are engineering some of their own facts about the long-term impacts of genetically-modified foods.

Malkan says the results leave consumers at risk.

"And a lot of times, they're really attacking scientists, consumer groups, media reporters – anyone who's really presenting the information about the risks associated with this kind of farming," she states.

Malkan will share her findings Feb. 17 during a keynote speech and workshop at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s annual conference.

Malkan adds it's even more important for consumers to stay informed and demand transparency in the country's food networks. She recommends that people support watchdog groups that are leading the charge.

"We've really learned a lot in just the last couple of years about who's doing what, in this world of spinning the story of food,” she points out. “So, we've got lots of that up on our website, usrtk.org."

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, consumer demand for organically produced goods continues to show double-digit growth.

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