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Livin' La Vida Label: The Label of Organic Food The craze of buying organic food is a booming trend that is rapidly increasing across the globe. Not only is organic food grown with a minimal level of pesticides, but it is also a way of producing food products without harming the environment in the process. The United States Department of Agriculture works hard to regulate which foods on the market are considered organic or non-organic - also known as conventional. According to Elizabeth Finkel, author of “Organic Food Exposed,” organic food is launching a rocket in popularity around the world; China’s organic exports reached Unites States’ $200 million in 2004, while Australia is expected to increase its organic produce by fifty percent before the year 2012 (1). Since the purchasing of organic food has become very popular in modern culture, consuming the foods is seen as a desirable method towards living a healthier lifestyle. The biggest problem is the high demand of organic food causes an environmental impact of distributors in the organic food industry. Two big questions concerning the beliefs of organic foods compared to conventional foods are: Is the extra money that is spent on organic food worth the price, and which type of farming, or manufacturing is better for our planet’s environment? Organic farming “produces healthy soils” and “does not destroy the environment with poisonous chemicals” (Finkel 1). This type of cultivation is a result of DDT, a former pesticide used in farming, being blamed for the extensive tapering of bird eggs across North America in the 1950s. Also, the massive grain farming in the Midwest led to a fertilizer overflow into the Mississippi River, creating a colossal dead zone of 20,000 square kilometers in the Gulf of Mexico–the future of the environment’s health was up for gamble (Finkel 2). Organic farming influenced the win for this game. Marin County, located in San Francisco, is primarily known as “the birthplace of organic food,” explains Beth Tribolet, author of “Is Organic Food Really a
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Better Buy” (1). Organic farming was embraced in the county decades ago, and is still setting a good example for the industry today. In his article “Is Green Better,” Harry Jackson Jr. explains
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