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Doe 1 Jane Doe Ms. Helana Brigman English 1001, Section 108 11 November 2009 Discussing Organic Foods: An Exploratory Analysis of the Organic Debate Organic foods plants and animals are grown without the use of pesticides, hormones, or synthetic chemicals, produced using natural products. According to Jessica Decostole, in “The Truth about Organic Foods,” about 70 percent of Americans buy organic food occasionally, and one quarter buy it every week. The organic food business is thriving every day. Today, Americans want natural food that is better for their health and for the environment. There are multiple views on the issue of organic foods. On one hand, organic foods can be healthy, better for the environment, and safer for children and pregnant women. On the other hand, organic foods can be too expensive, too much work, and not enough positive nutritional outcome. There is no correct answer to the debate over organic foods; however, a closer examination reveals complications that create a worthwhile rhetorical situation of whether or not to buy organic foods. Organic farming is a big issue as to whether or not it is better than the typical conventional farming. It is based on harnessing natural biological and ecological processes. It is when Mother Nature does the jobs that the conventional farmers would normally have to do. Organic farming does not include chemical fertilizers and pesticides. According to the Organic Organisation, “[o]rganic farmers do not leave their farms to be taken over by nature; they use all
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Doe 2 the knowledge, techniques and materials available to work with nature.” In this way the farmer balances between nature and farming, so that crops and animals can grow and thrive. Organic farming was introduced by Sir Albert Howard, who was known as the father of organic farming; he wanted to evolve a more eco-friendly way of agriculture. Organic agriculture is the oldest form of agriculture on earth. It first started in the mid 1920s in India and is still traveling the world today. It is growing rapidly and making many environmental and economic changes. One of the advantages of organic farming is that it conserves energy. According to Farmers Weekly , detailed studies by Cranfield University for DEFRA show that organic farming uses less energy than conventional systems, mainly because of the non-use of certain fertilizers. Also, organic beef, sheep, pig meat, and dairy production use 30-60% less energy than non- organic systems. Another big advantage that is highly discussed is organic farming maintains the life of the soil. According to Farmers Weekly, organic farming avoids emissions of carbon
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