What do you picture when you think of the word “organic”? Do you see the fruits and vegetables that are found at your local farmers market? Do you see farmers working from dusk till dawn to provide you, the consumer, with a healthier alternative than the plants sprayed with pesticides that are found in most supermarkets? Do you think of your bank account and how much it is going to cost you to be able to eat like that? To keep food affordable and to help families be healthier should be everyone’s focus, but we also have to make sure that we don’t lose sight of the journey or process it takes for food to get to our tables every night. We need our food to be organic to help make a better Earth. I am sure that there are some people who really do go through and look at every little thing that is posted on the labels on different products while shopping at the grocery store. Normally I am not one of them. I would usually just grab what catches my fancy and not stop to think what exactly I was purchasing. Oh sure, I knew I was grabbing a gallon of milk, but I didn’t stop to read past the part of the label that had the date stamped on the side and to make sure I had whole milk or two percent. It didn’t cross my mind to think of what farm the cow that produced my milk came from, or whether it was homogenized or over pasteurized or if the cow had been fed whole grains or grasses. The closest I ever came to that in the past is to think of the “happy cows come from California” slogan that was adopted a while ago for marketing purposes. But throughout Michael Pollan’s book, “The Omnivores Dilemma” There is a recurring theme he touches upon that definitely goes along the lines of you are quite literally what you eat. He constantly talks about if you fill your body with junk food or foods that are very processed and greasy like fast food then there is no way you can live a healthy life. So if the cow that produces your milk isn’t being fed very well or has a bunch of chemicals in it to make it taste better, then you are drinking that in your milk every time as well. And don’t even get me started on the fast food industry. I have a four year old niece and it pains me every time I hear her ask us to pull over at McDonalds or at Taco Bell whenever we are in the car. While it has been shown that of all the fast food places Taco Bell is the “healthiest,” it still is not a healthy thing to be eating. That statement alone makes people think that it is ok to be eating from there on multiple occasions instead of very infrequently. I know that half the battle of that is from the convenience of fast food places. On the way home from work, instead of having to get home and then take an hour to cook a complete meal that might be a lot healthier for you, you can just pop into a drive through, not even get out of the car, and drive away with a complete meal within ten minutes and not have to worry about dirtying a dish or pan. But is the calorie intake of that more convenient meal worth it? There have been studies done to show what you can get for your dollar. “The researchers found that a dollar could buy 1,200 calories of potato chips and cookies; spent on whole foods like carrots, the same dollar buys only 250 calories” (Pollan 108). You don’t need to sacrifice healthy food for convenience. Instead of popping into the local drive-thru, stop off at Subway on the way home if you really don’t want to make dinner or don’t have the time to. Their menus and their entire marketing campaign is all about eating healthier, and even though they aren’t organic, they do get some of their vegetables from local farmers when they can. Other times, you kind of do need to outsource your vegetables from other countries when things aren’t in season here. “I am not, contrary to what you might think, an absolutist on local food. I recognize that there are times and cases when supporting local agriculture in other countries is the best way to go” (Pollan in…
The Truth about your Food
Imagine the chicken you are about to eat running around on a farm free and happy, right before it was murdered and put through the food processing business. Well this chicken you’re imagining is far from happy and free, it’s actually the opposite. This chicken was cramped up in a dark crowded house with thousands of other chickens. No light and no space for these poor chickens. However the real issue here is how cheap processed food is the only thing low income…
Are The Premium Prices of Organic Foods Worth The Buy?
Given the circumstances of the nation’s economy: Are the premium prices of organic foods worth the buy? We live in a polluted world that is added to daily with chemicals and disease. While interested parties have created heated controversy about which kind of farming production is most efficient in solving this worldly cry for help. The environment and human health remain at risk. Researchers have found that food quality is affected by pollution…
that, now there is great attention brought to where and how the produce was grown. The organic food industry has spiked all over the world due to issues regarding health and wellbeing. Purchasing Organic food is a much better choice because of all the health risks one can avoid, it has a positive effect on the economy, and provides a much smaller impact on our environment.
To begin, Purchasing organically grown food is a much better choice for the body because of all the health risks you can possibly…
controversial topic is the question if organically grown food is better than conventional foods. A common, preconceived notion is that organic food is better than conventional food. In most cases it is, but organically grown food has both its pros and cons. According to the USDA, organic foods are defined as “being produced without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, genetic modification, or ionizing radiation.” Conventional foods are foods that are produced with any one or more of the above…
Study finds organic food is no better on vitamins, nutrients
Published September 04, 2012
WASHINGTON – Patient after patient asked: Is eating organic food, which costs more, really better for me?
Unsure, Stanford University doctors dug through reams of research to find out -- and concluded there's little evidence that going organic is much healthier, citing only a few differences involving pesticides and antibiotics.
Eating organic fruits and vegetables can lower exposure to pesticides, including…
Strategic Audit of
Whole Foods Market Corporation
Whole Foods Market experienced tremendous growth in sales during the fiscal year of 2006. For the 52 week period in 2006, Whole Foods Market increased their sales 19% to approximately $5.6 billion, while on the other hand; comparable stores only grew at a rate of 11%. In addition to their increased sales margin, Whole Foods Market produced $453 million in cash flow and received $222 million in proceeds from stock options…
Certification of the Organic Process
The purpose of this report is to suggest improvements to the current organic certification process and recommend solutions to the organic food industry in order to ensure that the end users are purchasing organic food products.
The current organic certification process is not an optimal process because it is ambiguous and full of gaps. The process from certifying raw goods to certifying finished goods as organic has many gray areas…
In my opinion , consumers should buy organic foods. Non-organic foods harm the environment , your health, and could end up costing you money in the long run. By eating non-organic food, you are consuming harmful chemicals every day. This could end up harming your health, therefore costing you money. Using pesticides can also harm the environment. Thankfully, there is a way to prevent this from happening – buying organic foods.
Organic foods can greatly help the environment. With…
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2 December 2013
Organic Food Production
Organic food production is more beneficial to people, soil, and animals than conventional food production methods. People choose organic foods to avoid being exposed to pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals used for conventional farming. Organic foods have also proven to have higher amounts of nutrients in different varieties of foods. Organic food production is designed to conserve water and soil by not releasing…
January 26, 2015
Intro to Food Comp & Sci Prep
After reading the New York Times article Stanford Scientists Cast Doubt on Advantages of
Organic Meat and Produce by Kenneth Chang. I still feel like yes, eating organic may be better
for the environment and may be less harm to your body because you don’t know what you are
exactly putting in your body.
There are several different reasons people are willing to pay more
for organic produce, but…