Argumentative Essay: Organic Food Vs. Dirty Right

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Organic food. Dirty right? Wrong. The food we usually eat is inorganic, meaning it was farmed using pesticides. Farmers spraying these plants must wear protective gear due to the dangers of the chemicals within the pesticides. That is the dirty food. During the 1970’s, America became one of the leaders of the Environmental Policy, an agreement between many nations to commit themselves to taking better care of the Earth. The policy proved successful, and in 1987 people were pushing for the National Toxics campaign. This campaign would enforce a new, cleaner manufacturing system; this would enforce safer feedstock and promote non-toxic products. This was also known as the Toxic Use reduction. The successes of these policies have proved that organic …show more content…
Cancer, genetic mutations, birth defects, and behavioral problems are among those issues (Davies). Pesticides are toxins that are released into our environment, on purpose, to kill living things. Pesticides are used everywhere, not just in the agricultural field (Toxicsaction). Many years ago, lead was in almost everything people interacted with; it was in their paint, on their children 's toys, and was even in their food. Merely being around this toxin could kill you. In the 60s, children would die from being exposed to, and from inhaling, the terrible toxin. Luckily, the Consumer Product Safety Commission banned the use of lead paint in 1977 (Davies). In 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency gave the okay for farmers to let their livestock consume chemically infused wastewater. They gave them permission to let “millions of gallons of water that has toxic chemicals from gas drilling and fracking” be consumed by animals. All of those chemicals go unidentified (EPA), and get consumed by the animals that we eat. This causes many people to get extremely sick, or die. In the agricultural business, the farmers use pesticides to kill off bacteria, and to keep bugs and animals away from their crops. The downfall to …show more content…
It has been said that each time we eat organic fruits and vegetables, we are restoring the wildlife in the world (Dauncey). When we grow food without pesticides we are helping so many organisms, from the butterflies to the beavers. Without pesticides, there are no chemicals running into the water supply, which in turn saves lives. The soil is healthier without runoff from pesticides, and the bugs in the soil can do their job to keep your crops healthy. In 2001, a study in the United States found that organic agricultural fields had higher nutrients levels than inorganic agricultural fields (Dauncey). “Studies have given statistics that say organic fields have deeper vegetation, more weed covers, and 88% more worms” (Dauncey). This means that fields that do not use pesticides have higher rates of crop assisting worms. Worms help the plants gain more air and water, and they break down organic matter into things that are beneficial to the plant. Conventional farming destroys the topsoil, and infects the water around the area because of the chemicals in the pesticides they use (Organic). Organic farming does not pollute the waterways, because they do not use any pesticidal chemicals (Dauncey). Pesticides end up killing organisms along with their intended target. Many living things in, and around, pesticide ridden areas end up getting poisoned and dying. One major example

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