We have seen the future, and it sucks.

Irradiation and the ‘Ick Factor’

21st October 2012

Mark Bittman looks at a fashionable sky-is-falling movement.

Many people are virulently for or against. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, says that irradiation “could do for food what pasteurization has done for milk.” (The main difference between irradiation and pasteurization is the source of the energy used to kill microbes.) Wenonah Hauter, the executive director of Food & Water Watch — which calls irradiation “a gross failure” — told me it was “expensive and impractical, a band-aid on the real problems with our food system.”

Let’s see — one is a Real Scientist, and the other is head of a little-old-lady-in-tennis-shoes buttinsky organization. That ought to tell you everything you need, right there.

Comments are closed.