Organic Foods And Organic Food Essay

1283 Words Oct 19th, 2016 6 Pages
Organic is one of the healthiest ways of life compared to the other options of food. Before 2002, the nation had no regulation for what organic is or is not, but there has been “organic farming” since around 1940. Since 2002,The United States Department of Agriculture, or otherwise known as the USDA, has set a national regulation for organic foods. Many people in the world have different views on the word, but I am trying to help sort out the confusion with the word. The merriam-webster (2016) definition for organic states, “grown or made without the use of artificial chemicals, not using artificial chemicals, or relating to or obtained from living things.” (para. 1) This is the case for the everyday meaning of the word organic, but this word can be changed to suit different consumer perceptions of food. Whatever organic means, we all have different ideas on what is truly organic. Organic food is food that has not been treated with pesticides, hormones, special fertilizers, sewage sludge, or antibiotics. As stated on organic.org (2016) on their “faq” page, organic food is also more expensive because “organic farmers don’t receive federal subsidies like conventional farmers do so it reflects the true price of growing, the price of conventional food does not reflect the cost of environmental cleanups that we pay for through our tax dollars, organic farming is more labor and management intensive, and organic farms are usually smaller than conventional farms and so they do not…

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