June 19, 2014
Labeling Organic Products.
If somebody hands you a bottle of arsenic would you drink it or eat it? Would you give it to your kids and family? The correct answer would be no, but if for some very strange reason you answer is yes I suggest you go get help as soon as possible. As most of us know arsenic is poison which means it is bad. Did you know non-organic foods contain arsenic? Arsenic is used by farmers as pesticide and fertilizer; now we all know that if someone ever consumes poison you are very likely to die or have very bad effects from consuming it. Obviously farmers know this and they know that is bad for humans, animals and even our environment so why do they do it? Truth is some of them do not have any other choice, because most of them are working for bigger and larger food corporation who just give the farmers the orders. Some of the major food corporations prefer to grow non organic product for a variety of reasons a few of them being cheap prices and more in less time. Truth is they don’t care about the consumers’ health they just care about making money. So how can we fix this how can we alert the consumers about what their foods contain? How much can our body take before it is too late and we realize we have been slowly but surely killing our selfs through what we eat. When we think of a farmers market most of us tend to think about a place where we go to buy fruits and vegetables that are organic and that have been locally grown. “ farmers’ market as a ‘predominantly fresh food market that operates regularly within a community, at a focal public location that provides a suitable environment for farmers and food producers to sell farm-origin and associated value-added processed food products directly to customers” . Little do we know that not all the fruits and vegetables that we find in the farmers market are fresh and organic. As a matter of fact some of the things we buy from the farmers market are things that the farmers bought from groceries stores. I believe that as a customer we should have the right to know what is in their food, and if it is really organic or not. Fresh produce should be labeled so that the consumer has the opportunity to make a better and smarter decision when it comes to what they consume. Provided that growing locally and pesticide free products is definitely a growing market “Organic food sales grew from about $1 billion in 1990, to $18 billion in 2006 and to $30 billion in 2009” (pg.99). “Organic farming has been one of the fastest growing markets in agriculture during the last twenty years. It combines both tradition and science to produce crops and livestock that flourish in the absence of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and hormones.” Organic Food is the produce that farmers cultivate in their on farms without using chemicals and pesticides. Organically grown foods are much healthier for human body, and contain much more vitamins, calcium, and nutrients. By law if a produce has been grown organic then it cannot contain genetically modified organism (GMO). Organic produce and none genetically modified products are almost the same but have two different definitions; usually organic foods are fresh in order to be fresh the product we buy have to be in season. We go to the supermarket and we can find tomatoes all year round, but how can that e possible? Major Food Corporation put fertilizer, pesticides, modified organism, and other chemicals into our fruits and vegetables so that they can grow faster and we could have them all year round. That is not organically grown and it is not as healthy for our body. Furthermore, Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) is very predominant in the major food crops today such as corn, soy and much more. This are ingredients that are found in not just one but almost all the things we consume now a day, we can also find genetically modified organism in this that we use in our day to...
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