Regarding the Dec. 29 article “Organic beef gains amid mad cow scare”: At the height of the Britain’s mad-cow crisis, the British government identified 215 separate cases on 36 different organic farms. And in 2001, Germany’s very first case was discovered in a small slaughterhouse that catered exclusively to the niche market of organic beef.

Ronnie Cummins and his Organic Consumers Association seem to be engaged in an aggressive PR offensive on behalf of so-called natural-beef marketers. But the truth is that organic meat is no safer than the conventional products Americans buy every day. Anyone claiming otherwise is literally trying to sell you something.