Alex Avery is director of research and education with the Center for Global Food Issues at Hudson Institute. Prior to joining Hudson in 1994, he was a McKnight research fellow at Purdue University, where he worked to develop drought-resistant sorghum varieties for the Sudan of Africa. Since joining the Center in 1994, Alex has represented the Center at the 1996 United Nations World Food Summit in Rome. The Center for Global Food Issues looks at agricultural policy from a global perspective, with reference to both economic and environmental impacts.
Alex Avery’s new book, The Truth About Organic Foods, offers insight on the impact of farming organically-grown foods. He provides the facts derived from independent university studies and neutral government sources that debunk organic myths about farming. Organic marketers use tactics to scare consumers into buying organic. In non-technical language that surpasses all of the nonsensical marketing hype, Avery attempts to calm consumer fears. He discusses the advantages and disadvantages of farming organic versus farming conventionally-grown foods.
Avery is the co-author of “Farming to Sustain the Environment,” Hudson Briefing Paper No. 190 (Hudson, May 1996).
He is the author of a new peer-reviewed study documenting that nitrates in drinking water do not cause the infamous “blue baby syndrome” in infants (”Infantile Methemoglobinemia: Reexamining the Role of Drinking Water Nitrates,” Environmental Health Perspectives, July 1999).
Alex has written on agricultural, food safety, and regulatory issues for major newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Times, New York Post, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Des Moines Register. Alex has also been published in USA Today magazine, Regulation magazine, Feed Management, Wester Producer, and scientific publications such as Environmental Health Perspectives and the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.