Dennis Avery

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Dennis Avery is the director of the Center for Global Food Issues at the Hudson Institute think tank, where he edits Global Food Quarterly. Avery crusades against organic agriculture, claiming that modern industrial agriculture and biotechnology will save the world from starvation and disaster. Avery also disputes the scientific consensus on global warming, ascribing the warming to "sunspots," purportedly based on information about ice cores and deep ocean sediment deposits.[1] He now subscribes to the global cooling meme, saying on July 14 2008 "Unstoppable warming has gone and a cooling phase has begun that is likely to last 25 to 30 years"[2]. He is also the originator of a controversial organic foods claim that organic foods are more dangerous than foods sprayed with chemical pesticides.[3]

Avery is a speaker at the International Conference on Climate Change (2009), a skeptics' event organized by the Heartland Institute think tank. [4]


Avery's training is in agricultural economics. He served as a senior agricultural analyst for the U.S. Department of State for between 1980 and 1988 under the Reagan administration, "where he was responsible for assessing the foreign-policy implications of food and farming developments worldwide. ... As a staff member of the President's National Advisory Commission on Food and Fiber, he wrote the Commission's landmark report, 'Food and Fiber for the Future.'"[5]

According to his biographical note, "Avery travels the world as a speaker, has testified before Congress, and has appeared on most of the nation's major television networks, including a program discussing the bacterial dangers of organic foods on ABC's 20/20." [5]

Avery is also a member of the scientific policy advisory panel for the corporate-funded American Council on Science and Health.[6] Avery writes a weekly column for The BridgeNews Forum.

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Related SourceWatch articles


  1. "Guilt and Global Warming", Center for Global Food Issues, November 29, 2007.
  2. "[1]"
  3. Dennis Avery, "A Bad Time For Organic Believers", Center for Global Food Issues, October 3, 2006.
  4. "Speakers," Heartland Institute website, accessed January 2009.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Dennis T. Avery", Center for Global Food Issues, August 22, 2007.
  6. American Council on Science and Health, "Scientific Advisors", American Council on Science and Health website, accessed July 2008.

External resources

  • Center for Global Food Issues, "Dennis Avery", accessed January 2004.

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