Food Production Vs. Environment Essay

1797 Words Jul 29th, 2015 null Page
Chemically treated food or sometimes referred to as conventional foods are grown using synthetic chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides, which then get absorbed into the soil and cannot be removed. With the high demand for food as a result of population growth and improvements in human diets the demand for quality fruits and vegetables are rapidly on the rise. As expressed in Doreen Gabriel, article, Food Production Vs. Biodiversity, even though conventional agriculture is intensive it gives the largest turnout compared to organic farming (356). As can be seen by her extensive research she did not offer a bias argument and provides the reader with information that can be swayed in both directions, but for maximum profit from it, one must acknowledge that by using chemical treatments one is able to produce more and thrive positively. Organic food is grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation, as well as animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products that are not given antibiotics or growth hormones. Researcher, Walter J. Crinnion stated that the “consumption [of organic food] is one of the fastest growing segments in domestic foodstuffs” (4) and that sales increased by almost 2 billion dollars in one year. The organic industry has gained fame through its promises of health benefits as well as being rich in vitamins and nutrients that are vital for the well-being of our…

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