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In fact, organic foods are beneficial to society because of the way they are grown and maintained. “Organic farming is based on the idea of producing healthy, natural organic food, keeping the soil healthy, encouraging and enhancing biodiversity, and using sustainable farming methods,” stated Healthy Eating Made Easy (“What Are 1”). Organic farms do not use synthetic, artificial fertilizers or pesticides on crops; only biological pesticides, pesticides from natural resources, are used. Natural fertilizers include manure and compost to ... ... middle of paper ... ... not only a healthy choice for a single person, but also a choice for future generations and the world. Works Cited Byrum, Allison.
“Don’t put that in your mouth!” Many of us remember our parents saying those very words whenever we would try to sample some odd find, whether it was a toy, rock or plain old dirt. Nowadays, more and more people are saying just that in regards to fruits and vegetables grown the conventional way, and saying yes to organically grown produce. From healthier food to an economic boost to helping protect our environment, organic produce has several advantages over regular produce. Perhaps the most important benefit is to the consumer, in terms of health benefits. More and more studies are showing that organic produce may contain more of the stuff that’s good for our bodies: vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
In order for a product to be labeled as “organic”, they must meet several specific conditions and requirements. Consuming organic food will not only affect health, but also the existence of animals as well as the food resource and the environment. Organic food is grown in healthy soil that does not contain pesticides such as, fungicides, insecticides, and herbicides. In the books “Food Rules” by Michael Pollan, on the food rule number 30s, he states, “Eat well-grown food from healthy soil.” That explains, “…it is true that food certified organic is usually well grown in relatively healthy soil – soil nourished by organic matter rather than chemical fertilizers.” (Pollan67). Pesticides that being used in conventional products may still be able to tolerate by humans in low concentration.
The organic food on the market claims to be healthier, safer, and overall better than conventionally grown foods, but this statement proves false. Despite popular belief, organic farming has similar qualities with, and does not provide any great advantages or disadvantages over conventional farming. Any type of production methods in use has setbacks: this is also the case for conventional and organic farming. The disadvantages of organic farming involve expensive price tags and short shelf life. The prices of organic food are burdensomely more expensive than the prices of conventional food.
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Also, organic farming embraces the principle that agriculture must meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations, not to mention that organic foods are often the safest, freshest, most flavorful and most nutritious foods in the marketplace (European Journal of Nutrition 40: 289-292 (2001)). The USDA has tried to emphasize that organic food is no healthier, and adds no real benefits to a healthy lifestyle than regular foods. However, with the contamination present in plants treated with pesticides, pre ... ... middle of paper ... ...pect. It matters to our communities. But most of all, it matters to our appreciation of life.
Should people think that eating organic food is necessary in order to be environmental friendly individual? People became more aware of the environmental problems, and many people choose to stand and even to change their lifestyle if they have to in order to help the sustainability of Earth and health of people. People made environmental friendly actions such as buying organic food. Buying organic food is considered as a critical action to support organic farming and organic products. Organic foods are completely made without involving pesticides or fertilizers or antibiotics or growth hormones; therefore, organic foods happen to be 100% natural.
Third, there are no irradiations or chemical additives involved in developing organic food (United State Department of Agriculture). From the short definition above, it is obvious that people expect organic food to be more nutritious, safer and environmentally friendlier after spending a lot of money since consumers have to pay more for organic food than conventional food. Nowadays, many people stereotype that organic food is better than conventional food. 63 percent of Americans would rather buy organic food than conventional food (US Organic Food Market Increases). Nonetheless, to say that organic food is better than conventional food is not entirely true because the differences between organic food and conventional food just in the way it is handled, grown, and processed.