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Organic yogurt mogul has a warning for Washington

January 24, 2012

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Organic yogurt mogul has a warning for Washington

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Stonyfield Farm co-founder Gary Hirshberg said the Londonderry-based yogurt company proves organic makes economic sense and he plans to take that message to Washington in a fight for the nation's health,

Hirshberg said it was a series of small, well-intentioned steps that led food production in America down an unsustainable path. He said a number of myths, including that of the Earth's "infinite resilience" and that waste and byproducts can be transported somewhere "away," have enabled a system that promotes obesity and other health risks, as well as production methods that harm the environment.

Because of the use of pesticides and the proliferation of genetically modified foods, Hirshberg said, one in three Americans born after the year 2000 will develop Type 2 diabetes and 41 percent of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes.

Those figures are a "devastating indictment of the system of modern living," and the No. 1 cause, he said, is exposure to chemicals. Studies show the average human is exposed to 80,000 to 100,000 chemicals, not all from food, in everyday living, he said.

 

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