Essay on The Effects Of Organic Foods On Organic Food

1301 Words Apr 14th, 2016 null Page
Organic food is defined as, “foods that are grown without synthetic pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics, modern genetic engineering techniques (including genetically modified crops), chemical fertilizers, or sewer sludge.” (Winter, Davies, 2006). Farmers use crop rotation, tillage, cultivation practices, cover crops, and natural products in order to keep their farms organic. However, organic foods can use a synthetic material, which is defined as a substance that is formulated or manufactured by processes that can chemically change properties extracted from a naturally occurring plant, animal, or mineral source as long as it has been approved by the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Winter, Davis, 2006). If an organic farmer does chose to use a synthetic material, they generally select methods that minimize air, soil, and water pollution (Winter, Davis, 2006).
The history of organic foods dates back to the founder of modern organic farming, J.I. Rodale. Rodale first provided information on non-chemical farming methods that in return influenced organic production methods as well. Even though organic farming has been around much earlier, modern organic farming first started to take off in the 1940’s. Much of today’s organic farming style is integrated from farming styles that are used in India. A scientist by the name of Sir Albert Howard who Rodale modeled a lot of his work after, went to India to observe their techniques and reported back with ideas…

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