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Is organic food actually better

Is organic food actually better - Why do consumers prefer...

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Why do consumers prefer to buy organic food products rather than conventional food products? Does it taste better? Is the cost worth it? Is it truly healthier? Organic foods are grown without the use of pesticides or fertilizers, typically on a small family farm. Apart from knowing organic food is healthier, many consumers are unaware of the word’s meaning. They purchase organic products because they want to feel they are making the right choices. This makes it very easy for companies to take advantage of these unsure consumers. Restaurants, grocery stores, and farmer’s markets around the country lure customers in by their healthy selections. Are there any negative attributes to organic farming and consuming? The “organic” label means that the food was produced using organic methods that were sanctioned by the USDA. In December 2001, the USDA defined four categories for organic food: The label “100% organic” certifies that the food was grown without pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, irradiation, or genetic modification. “Organic” means the produce was made with at least 95% by weight of such ingredients. These first two categories are allowed to display the USDA Organic seal. “Made with organic ingredients” certifies between 95% and 70% organic, and three organic ingredients can be listed on the label. Products containing less than 70% organic ingredients can identify organic ingredients on their ingredient list, but the word organic is not permitted on the front of the package. (Blatt, 72) Pesticides and chemical fertilizers disrupt the ability of crops to create their own antioxidants, which help reduce the risk of cancer, stroke, heart disease, and other illnesses. Richer flavor is found in organic food due to the natural mixture of many complex molecules in the plant. A study in 1998 found that protein quality was superior
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in organic products, and research is 2001 found that organic crops had higher average levels of twenty-one different nutrients, including vitamin C and iron. (Blatt, 74) Many people choose organic food for its nutritional value, fear of pesticides, family or personal illness, or religious beliefs. The variety of reasons for going organic is a positive attribute to the movement because it increases the amount of consumers and prevents one group from gaining control over the entire industry. In 1989 on CBS 60 Minutes, a report was given about Alar, a pesticide that the government kept on the market even though they knew it was a human carcinogen. Alar was created as a growth monitor to help prevent the apples from falling off the tree. It was sprayed on apples and then turned into a carcinogen when heated into apple juice and applesauce. (Fromartz 5) Parents want their children to grow strong and healthy, but
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