It is important to find the source of outbreaks not only for health but economic reasons. Before the source had been traced to an organic farm in Northern Germany, German health officials had suggested that Spanish cucumbers might be the source, and Spanish cucumber-growers had to destroy much of their crop. The European Commission generously awarded $300,000,000 of other people’s money to compensate the farmers for the initial, though understandable, mistake. A blanket ban on European vegetable exports to Russia was enforced, thus impoverishing the Russian diet yet further, until the elucidation of the cause of the outbreak. Overall, the cost of one organic farm in Germany to European horticulture is said to have been in the region of $600,000,000.
Maybe it is too late for anyone to care now, but we missed this Pajamas Media piece back in November, on the outbreak of E. coli in Germany from organic bean sprouts.
As a commenter here stated, “One German organic farm has killed twice as many people as the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the Gulf Oil spill combined. crickets.”