Organic Foods Annotated Bibliography

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Research Topic: Organic and conventional foods are farmed differently, effect the environment differently, and offer different health and nutrient benefits.

Annotated Bibliography

Barlow, B., Hemminger, L., and Schlegel, B. (2006). Is Organic Food Worth the Extra Cost? Retrieved from Environmental Health Perspectives website:

In this reference work by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Community Outreach & Education Program, I gathered information mostly about pesticides used in conventional farming techniques. With their concentration on pesticides the EHP gave information about the different effects of pesticides on organic and conventional foods. Providing even more details on different types of pesticides and which ones are allowed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This article informs us on the effects of the USFDA approved pesticides that are used by the conventional farmers in detail. One point that was raised by this article was about how organic foods not really healthier, but by not having the pesticide residue that is common with conventional farming methods made it less harmful on our bodies. I was able to see clearly with all the tables that they provided with just how much was a safe level of pesticide and exactly what we consume with common foods. With this article being a teaching tool for science education it gave me assurance of the credibility of the author of this reference work.

(Barlow, Hemminger & Schlegel, 2006) Cropper, C. (2004). Does it Pay to Buy Organic? Retrieved from Businessweek website:

In this online magazine article Cropper asks a real pers...

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...nic labels. While our foods in the stores may show us which ones are organic, many of our local farmers can not afford to certify their products. The good news is that only farmers who have to be certified are the ones that make above a certain amount, so this article encourages us to check with our local farmers and visit their farms to find out their techniques. We may find a local organic grower without the increased prices. There are a lot of comparisons between conventional and organic farming products which gave me more details between the two. They also gave us information on how to verify the labels when we are unsure about the food’s certification. A list is also provided to help make our decision easier when deciding on to buy organic foods or not. USDA is the organization that regulates organic foods, so I feel their information is reliable. (USDA, 2010)
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