Difference Between Conventional Food And Organic Food

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With much attention on America’s obesity problem, have food companies and marketing experts taken advantage on society’s growing concern of healthier eating? There has been much debate on food production and labeling and as to whether or not eating a more organic lifestyle is healthier. From “organic” to “Non GMO” do these labels ensure safer eating habits? What exactly does organic verses conventional eating mean? Are there any distinguishable differences in them? Why is it so much more expensive to buy one more than the other? Organic foods may not be the optimal healthy eating choice as much as society thinks it is.
Organic vs. Conventional: What does it all mean?
To have a USDA approved label in the United States, John Cohrssen, former
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Conventional foods are feeding the millions of people in America. Mass production to keep up with demand is causing farmers and the agriculture field to turn to many synthetic alternatives to keep up. There is not enough time to allow for biological biodiversity. In order to get food ready for distribution Michelle Hancock, a writer for the Canadian magazine, Alive, lists just some of the processes included to produce it: genetic modification, food irradiation (exposing food to radiation to extend shelf life and killing micro-bugs), synthetic pesticides, sewage sludge, synthetic veterinary drugs, and …show more content…
He admits, “The truth is, organic farmers use both synthetic and natural kinds of pesticides-with the approval under the USDA Organic Act.” Natural pesticides don’t always equate with being healthier. Some of the pesticides he explains that are on organic grown foods include: Bt, Spinosad, Lime Sulfur and Kaolin Clay. All of these cause side affects of burns, irritations and redness. One shocking chemical loophole he found is with “organic” strawberries. The chemical used to promote growth called Methyl Bromide was banned on farms yet allowed if “no viable alternatives are available.” Conventional strawberry growers have been using it for years. Because there are not many organic seedlings, organic farmers have taken these plants containing the harmful chemicals and used them for “perennial planting stock.” They then are allowed to call them ‘organic’ if they are replanted and organically managed before harvesting.

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