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Organic food has become so popular these days, since people especially in United States are making a commitment to have a good start towards a healthier life. People often doubt whether the organic food is really healthier and more nutritious? Why does it cost so expensive? Well, first of all, the term “organic” is referring to the way agricultural products are grown and processed which later on will affected the quality of the food. In order for a product to be labeled as “organic”, they must meet several specific conditions and requirements.
The definition of conventional farming is “Intensive farming or intensive agriculture as an agricultural production system characterized by a low fallow ratio and the high use of inputs such as capital, labor, or heavy use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers relative to land area.” Conventional farming is the method that a majority of farmers use. Although they have to use a lot more chemicals and fertilizers, conventional farming is cheaper than organic farming. Conventional farming has significantly higher crop yields than organic thus, producing more money, making it much more farmer friendly. Conventional farmers also use genetically engineered seeds that are sometimes referred to as “miracle seeds” because of their ability to fight against certain diseases or produce higher yields. The technical term for these seeds is HYV’s or high yield varieties (Qaim).
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With those statistics, creating a nutritional garden environment is an ideal way to clean, healthier eating. There is a wide selection of fruits and vegetables that can be grown, the only decision should be what location to plant a garden for a backyard gardener. Consumers need to stop paying the high cost that comes with buying organic fruits and vegetables and grow a healthier backyard garden. Backyard gardening offers more benefits than organic farming because of the growing techniques, cost associated with organic farming, and the nutrition value. Gardening is not a new concept and has been around for thousands of years.
Genetic engineering produces foods of high quality and super foods that are less costly to produce grow rapid in large quantities and are vastly nutritious in micronutrients. This means that they have the ability to feed the growing population that is set grow to13billion by 2020. Genetic engineering in the agricultural sector has to a large extent lead to the modification of crops so that they can have superior agronomic characteristics s... ... middle of paper ... ...different seasons. • There are continuous tests carried out on genetically modified foods meaning that the food supplied in the market is healthy of great quality. The agricultural productivity gains in third world countries have significant impacts on the final poverty levels as there is universal increase in agricultural activities.
Organic farming uses techniques in which the nutrients exerted from the produce is retained in the surrounding environment, thus cutting down on soil erosion, water pollution, and carbon pollutions in the air. In addition to these benefits, turning towards organic farming also results in more job opportunities as the field continues to grow, improving the economy. Like Ann Wigmore stated before, society as whole can either significantly impact their lifestyles by wither choosing to improve their eating habits, or they could live in denial as they slowly poison themselves to death. The choice is in their hands. Going organic is an easy decision to make in order to improve the health of the population, the environment and climate around, and the economy.
But recently many studies have disproved those critics. These studies prove that Organic food is a better choice than conventional because it is better for the environment, avoids the use of chemicals, and is generally more beneficial. To help keep crops from being destroyed, conventional farmers use many methods such as pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. Nearly 1 billion pounds of these chemicals are used every year (“pesticides”). Because of this excessive use, some scientists express concern that using artificial chemicals in the farming process could produce unhealthy crops.
This brings up an interesting query of how can enough food be produced to feed everyone? Vertical Farming is a way to feed the extra billions that humans will create in the near future because it can grow bountiful produce with less pollution that traditional farming. Therefore, Vertical Farms should be implemented in at least every state. Vertical Farming was developed by Dr. Dickson Despommier in his ecology class. The idea came about when he proposed the problem of overpopulation and minimal land available.