Organic Farming Vs. Organic Food

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The word “organic” refers to the way farmers grow and process their products to follow specific standards regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The purpose of organic farming is to restrain the amount of synthetic chemicals used to fertilize foods (although certain approved pesticides may be used) and reduce environmental pollution by relying on sustainable techniques to enhance the natural features of a farm. Although the research available does not provide enough evidence on their nutrient composition, to remark there is an advantage for a better health, the demand for organically grown food is increasing, and organic farming is revolutionizing the food industry in today’s society. Consumers who buy organic food are usually focused on their health concerns (Watson) and are willing to pay more for them based on their perception of nutritional benefits. Despite the fact that organically grown food has lower pesticide content, they are not necessarily more nutritious or healthier than conventionally grown foods, and consequently, are not worth the price. Organic foods are produced according to specific standards. Practitioners of organic agriculture control the use of chemicals in pesticides and fertilizer to minimize environmental damage impact. To illustrate, they substitute chemical fertilizer for livestock manure and synthetic pesticides for fungicides as copper and sulfur (Knapp). Furthermore, organic products have 30% lower pesticide residue than conventionally grown foods do (Watson), but conventional products are in the same range allowed by the Federal safety guidelines (Lu and Silverstein). Although the Federal guidelines state these foods are safe to consume, they do not take into considerati... ... middle of paper ... ... grown, organic, or conventional foods, the important thing is to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. As long as they make a long-term commitment to adding a variety of products and stay active, they will be healthier no matter which way they decide to go for their food. In addition, conventionally grown fruits and vegetables are cheaper, leading to increased consumption of this important food group, which increases the health of consumers. It is evident, there is not enough available scientific research done comparing organic and conventional food nutrient quality. After learning these facts, if one has a conventionally grown broccoli in one hand and in the other hand, one organically grown broccoli, knowing that both broccolis are firm, green and crispy, both provide vitamins, protein and both are free of cholesterol and saturated fat, which would you choose now?

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