Environment: Nader on Food

When Abraham Lincoln established the U.S Department of Agriculture in 1862, he hoped it would be "the people's department." But has it turned out that way? Ralph Nader thinks not. In a 491-page report by one of his indefatigable groups of "Raiders," Nader charges that the department favors big "agribusiness" and fails to protect otherwise defenseless Americans from bad meat, contaminated poultry and toxic pesticides.

On the average, each American eats 116 lbs. of beef and 50 lbs. of poultry every year; Nader charges that all too often it is contaminated or diseased....

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