The customers cannot see the process to plant organic foods. However, organic foods have to follow the specific standards which are regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). “Crops are generally grown without synthetic pesticides, artificial fertilizers, and irradiation animals on organic farms eat organically grown feed, are not confined 100 percent of the time and are raised without antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones” ( Jessica). Organic farmers need to follow the rules to grow the foods. Then the USDA will give the USDA organic label.
When you walk into your local grocery market it is hard not to notice the growing fad of organic products on the shelves, you can now purchase organic fruits, vegetables, poultry, meats, chips, ice cream and any product in between. Though organic and non-organic products may look identical, the difference lays hidden deep. In order for a farm to be dubbed organic, the farmers must follow strict guidelines set by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture). The rule of thumb for organic farmers is to use “methods that preserve the environment and avoid most synthetic materials, such as pesticides and antibiotics” (USDA) on their produce and livestock. However, in non-organic products many chemicals are used in the production of vegetables, snacks, and meats.
How do we know the difference between organic and non-organic products? Natural grown goods will have a label that says it is organic. Before a product can be labeled as “organic,” a Government-approved certifier scrutinizes the farm where the food is grown to make sure the agriculturist is following all the rul... ... middle of paper ... ...Some cost the same or less, such as bread, coffee, hamburger, and even cereal. The price for organic food is high as of now because organic farming is a lot more management intensive and requires more labor; it reflect the accurate cost of growing; and organic farms are smaller.
This paper will take a look at the history of agriculture in the United States as well as the growth of the organic movement. Recent Consumer demand has been shifting the market for organics and the recent trends will be reviewed. The vitamin, mineral and nutritional content will be examined as well as organic farming regulations and the tainting of food through pesticides, contaminants and food borne illness. Dr. Walter J. Crinninon provides an opposing viewpoint on the state of organic foods and farming that is very supportive of the current state of organic foods and his article will be summarized and rebutted. Organic foods have no benefits today that are great enough to justify the additional cost.
Instead they just trust that organic is healthier than the produce that is being sprayed with chemicals. The rise of organic food has created an illusion that organic food is healthier and has nutritional benefits that exceed those of conventional food products. What is organic food? To understand this illusion that the government creates, the definition of organic must be addressed. According to Robert Paarlberg, the author of Food Politics, “organic foods are produced without any human-made (i.e., synthetic) fertilizers or pesticides” instead “organic farmers use composted animal manure and plant cover crops they can later turn into soil” (Paarlberg, 139).
Well to start Organic farming takes a proactive stance on soil and pest problems. Farmers use crop rotation and many other organic practices to combat soil erosion on the farm land, which also leads to a biodiversity in the soil which also helps combat the soil erosion that was mentioned before. Another benefit of organic farming is ground water is not as polluted as its conventional counter parts, since to be organic many pesticides and synthetic fertilizers are not allowed to be used which also tends to create an even greater biodiversity in soil along with its ability to filter the water. The use of GMOS are not allowed to be used at any stage in the process of growing or making organic foods and plants. Organic farming takes the precautionary stance on GMOS because of the fact that impact on human health along with the impact on the environment is still not understood, while also promoting the natural biodiversity made by different plants and
Although people think organic foods are a waste of money, organic foods avoid chemicals. Instead of chemicals, organic food contains fruits, along with nutrients which provide a better taste. Organic foods can lead to a better and healthy environment. Therefore organic foods are the way to go. Although expensive, organic foods stand out as the healthiest and most nutritious and benefit the environment.
According to a Redbook magazine article that states the reason that organically grown foods are healthier, is because the have less pesticides and fertilizers. That helps the production of the phytochemicals which increases due to the need, for... ... middle of paper ... ... the organic movement, and criticizes the people who want organic foods as “zealots”. Presley, Jimmie. “Mad cow to cost firms almost $6 billion.” 25 February 2004. Web.
Organic produce/food is becoming more popular by the year. People say that organically grown food is healthier than conventional. There are no facts or data that show organic provides more nutrients than conventional produce. Many people who are against the use of pesticides and water soluble fertilizers support the companies that are stating these facts. Only problem with this is the public does not know what to beli... ... middle of paper ... ...and-challenges-0000431 Health Benefits of Organic Food | Organic Facts.
The biotechnology industry has turned its attention to the farmer and the staple crops of corn, wheat, and rice. Biotechnology has been making products for the farmer, not to please the consumer. The American consumer is a staunch group when it comes to the safety of its food supply. Fears of allergic reactions ranging from slight shock to a fatal reaction keep engineered foods from making their way to the dinner table. The only engineered foods you may see will not be the soybeans or potatoes that have more protein or less fat but the herbicide resistant corn or pest resistant wheat.