Organic vs. Conventional Food and Farming

                                            Organic Cons

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Though organically grown foods have advantages, they also have disadvantages. One 

disadvantage of organic farming is that the crops are not protected from pests and organics 

can have 75% less outcome product because they do not use pesticides. (Alverez 7)

(Alverez 7) A second disadvantage of organic farming is the use of natural pesticides. There 

are over 40 natural pesticides that organic farmers are allowed to use. When left on plants 

that are not washed may cause sicknesses.(Alverez 7) Moreover, another disadvantage of organic farming is 

composting and fertilizers.  A type of fertilizer, which is used in organic, farming, constantly is composting. 

Composting must happen at an exact time, at an exact temperature for the bacteria to diminish. (Alverez 7) 

Finally, natural fertilizers increase the fear of E. coli in the general public because of manure. (Alverez Louis 7) 
           
 "First, the demographic profile of organic consumers makes this debate one that's hardly worth having. There's no broad public health issue at stake here. Organic food costs 60 percent more than conventional and comprises a mere 2.5 percent of the food eaten in the United States. Advocates of organic agriculture often argue that there's no such thing as a "typical" consumer of organic food. It's true that organic consumers are rapidly diversifying, but the fact remains that consistent buyers of organic goods tend to be female, college-educated, and at least somewhat well-off. All these demographic factors happen to correlate with better access to health care and basic nutritional awareness. Why should we worry whether an already healthy, wealthy, and well-informed cohort absorbs minimally more nutrition from an organic apple? It's far more important that we get more fresh food—organic or not—to those wide swaths of the country that sociologists now call "food deserts." (slate.com)
   

            "Organic food is grown with manure as fertilizer. Manure contains E coli bacteria, which can be a deadly pathogen when consumed by humans. The 2006 outbreaks of E coli in 26 US states, which killed 3 people and made hundreds ill, was caused by E coli contamination of organic spinach. By contrast, there has never been a reported case of human death due to injestion of pesticide residues on retail food products. Pesticide residue is the main complaint that "organic" growers and consumers have against non-organic foods. But it's far less deadly than the manure the organic growers use to fertlize their crops. Furthermore, because organic growers can't use commercial fertilizers and pesticides, their yields are generally far lower than that of conventional farmers. That means more land is required to produce a given amount of food. This is a tremendous waste of a scarce resource (arable land)."- DeCostole, Jessica


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