There are hundreds of interest groups in the United States, many of which serve worthwhile purposes. However, there is little that concerns me personally more than the safety of the food we eat and the preservation of our earth and the animals we share it with. I visited and investigated the websites for two groups that I am very familiar with - the Organic Consumers Association and the National Audubon Society.
With the world’s population continuing to increase, the demand for food is higher than ever. This increase in food demand also calls for more efficient ways of growing and providing the food. Two methods that are very controversial are the organic and conventional method. While many people support the organic method because of its known benefits, others feel that it is an over inflated industry that cheats consumers out of their money. 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.
Knowing the specifics about organic foods will help a person determine whether they would prefer to eat organically or non-organically. The term ‘organic’ is a label that indicates that the food has been produced through the appropriate approval methods (“Organic Standards”). There are certain requirements that must be met by the USDA-accredited certifying agent. This certifying agent approves these requirements before the food can be labeled as an organic food. Organic operations must protect natural resources, save biodiversity, and use only the approved substances.
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Many people ask the question of what is organic food? This paper is going to go into many things that people might have questions about when it comes to organic food. What is organic food? Is there a difference between Organic and conventional food? Is growing organic easier on farms soil compared to conventional farming? What does it take to be organic food, who watches and regulates what is considered to be organic? Why does organic food cost so much more than conventional? Is it really worth the higher cost? Organic food, is it more beneficial than that of conventionally grown food. Why? What is the difference between CERTIFIED organic and organic foods that are not certified? We will go into all of these questions and more throughout this paper trying to find the answers
There is an increasing trend in the demand for organic food in the United States, but it is due to the benefits of organic farming, or is it only a marketing ploy by the agricultural industry to increase revenue? Try to imagine yourself in your favorite supermarket picking up tomatoes for homemade pasta sauce. You see organic tomatoes for $1.99/lb and local non-organic tomatoes for $0.99/lb. The $1 price difference doesn’t seem to be too much to pay to support a small local farm that produces organic food that is more nutritious and healthier, and how can you put a price on health? Those apparent reasons to choose organic food are the same reasons that should make people choose otherwise. The non-organic food is the better choice since it is cheap, locally grown, nutritious and safe.
While the organic movement has increased the production and sale of organic food in the United States, something that should be noted is that the stock of Whole Foods Market, a grocery store is dedicated to the sale of organic food, has gone down 40% since October of 2013. Whole Foods Market’s success rates are slowly beginning to diminish and it may lose its dominance in the organic foods market (The Economist, 2014). While this may seem indicative of a decrease in public interest of organic food, it really indicates the opposite. After seeing the success of Whole Foods Market, new stores such as Trader Joe’s and Sprouts entered the organic market and became strong competition. The decline in Whole Foods Market’s success may be attributed
Check your supermarket, there could be lies on your food, telling you that what you are eating is organic and cared for but most of it is not. The documentary In Organic We Trust by Kip Pastor focuses on organic foods, what they are, how they are grown, and what makes them “organic”. What he finds is shocking and relevant to society today in every way possible. Pastor proves this to the audience by using a strong form of logos throughout the documentary. He conveys it to those watching by using pathos to play on their heart strings, but lacks via ethos to win over the rest of the audience. A great job is done in this film of convincing the audience that Pastor is on their side and fighting for the health of America, even questioning what “organic” actually is.
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. Scientists have developed unorthodox chemicals to keep pests away, enhance shelf life, and genetically modify products. As a regular consumer of organic foods, I feel much better knowing that I am not eating chemical filled foods, but natural foods; the way nature intended us to eat. With this being said, I strongly believe that consumers should only purchase organic products for they are healthier for the human body, greener for the environment, and humane towards animals.
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