In class organic food has been mentioned several times. Is it better for you? Can it be accomplished on a large scale?I hate hearing vegetarians and vegans always talking about organic food without knowing any facts. So I did some research. For me, this mainly came up after we watched the clip about fox news trying to cover up the story about the milk with the “bad stuff” in it. Advocates say organic food is safer, “possibly” more nutritious, and often better tasting. Its also “kinder to animals.” Organic food sales have raised 20% since 1990 and there are up to 2.35 million acres in 48 states that produce organic food. But, lets look at the facts, shall we?
Does any one know what even qualifies food to be organic? Probably not. To meet the standards to be called organic by the U.S Department of Agriculture the crops must be produced without conventional pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, bioengineering or inonizing radiation. Organic animals must have access to the outdoors, including a pasture to graze in. Sounds good right? But does that make it safer? Not necessarily, the chances of natural pesticides is about the same and could make you even sicker due to the plants natural chemical defenses. And of course, what about the manure fertilizer its grown in? That can affect the plants you eat to, once again making you sick. So, there goes that argument.There is little to no proof that organic food is better for you according to the doctor in the WebMD article attached.
Also, many people want organic food but do they have any idea how to mass produce it? Organic food takes time so there’s no way organic farmers and providers can keep up with the demand. That’s why people turn to brands like tyson, it might be processed, but its fast.
The rest of my problems with organic food is just how expensive it is. Of course, if you’re willing to spend that much money on a supposedly “healthier diet” go right ahead. Just remember when you’re spending all that money on that organic food that there’s no proof its better for you. There are cheaper ways to eat healthy, you just have to invest time and do some research. Just picking something that says organic is almost lazy in my opinion. Of course, I would never judge your diet or what you eat, this is my opinion backed up by facts.