The idea that organic is better for the consumer and the environment is more of a mindset and not the truth. My purpose is to show the people who believe in organic products, that there are just as many down falls as conventional foods. Many people assume that organic foods are healthier, when in fact organic foods are more susceptible to carrying pathogenic bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonella. They also think that because organic farmers use natural pesticides rather than synthetic pesticides, it’s better for the environment. However, organic farmers are able to use a copper solution, which never leaves the soil, to fight fungal disease as where the conventional farmer use pesticides that are biodegradable.
Others buy organic foods over conventional because they believe it’s helping the environment or they don’t want to support the practices of agribusiness (Jackson). But there is no evidence saying organic food is actually healthier. The surprising fact is that this mass migration to organic food has not been on the back of scientific evidence (Finkel). People believe that organic is better for you because it is grown or made with fewer pesticides. Because of this, it made lead people to believe that there is more nutrients or vitamins in the organic food.
Locavores also want to support local farmers and small businesses. Local farms are more likely to use natural and organic methods. They believe that earing local grown food helps the environment by reducing soil, air, and water pollution. Eating food that is produced and grown locally conserves fuel and cuts greenhouse gas emission into global warming and other climate changes as opposed to buy food that is shipped from long distances. A cause of the trend of being a locavore is caused by people realizing how much energy is used in the production and transportation of store bought food.
This is indeed a great accomplishment for our country; however what is the secret behind these companies success? The answer is simple; Make and sell cheap food products and end up getting enormous income! When companies use this method, the food that they are selling is not of best quality and is always unhealthy for the consumers. Michael Pollan a food expert says, “Cows are not designed by evolution to eat corn. They’re designed by evolution to eat grass.
But this will entirely change if these people get a job because they can’t rely on food stamps forever. Roughly 85% of the food stamps recipients are single parent homes so it will be hard to go to your job if you have a young child. But Republicans have proposed to spend 1 billion dollars toward child care. People might say what’s the point of working is if you have food on the table. But there is a point because if people start working they can be independent.
Fruits, vegetables, unprocessed foods, organic, and lean meats are all expensive. When you don’t have much money to spend to feed yourself and your family, you are looking at ways to buy the most money for your dollar, not the healthiest foods for your dollar. Unfortunately a bag of carrots doesn’t look as appealing as a bag of chips, most children would rather eat chips as well, and when you can’t buy much food you don’t want to have your children waste any, so you’re going to buy something they will eat. Foods that are highly processed, foods that don’t expire quickly, and most foods that are bought in bulk for a low price, are poor choices of food, and these are the foods that will lead to unhealthy bodies. Sugars, starches, sodium, everything that is in a processed food, just helps fat accumulate on the body, and in the arteries.
Behavioral Outcome: At the end of my speech, members of the audience will be able to distinguish what specific and relative regulations that the United States Department of Agriculture govern the food industry, to discern fact from fiction about organic and humane alternative foods, and will be persuaded to become more open to shortening their supply line of which they attain their food. Thesis: Not all foods that are labeled “organic” or “naturally raised” are necessarily the healthiest and best food alternatives; the USDA does not have strict regulations on certain terms such as “natural,” “all natural,” “naturally raised,” “free-range,” or “cage-free food.” Shortening your personal supply line on food will yield a healthier alternative to consuming food. Introduction 1. Beginning of story 2. My personal experience working at an organic health food store.
TITLE: Local grown is better than organic Topic: Local grown is better than organic in some cases. Specific Purpose: To persuade my audience that locally grown food is ideally better for you than the organic products from thousands of miles away that you can buy in a grocery store. Thesis: INTRODUCTION Attention-getting Material: apples – one locally grown and one organic from somewhere else Credibility Material: Preview: I. Introduction A. Which apple?
The diets of today’s Americans exceed the amount of calories humans should consume, yet greatly lack in nutrition. Humans have roamed the earth for several millenniums; for the vast majority of that time, we ate only natural occurring substances which weren’t plentiful in quantity, but contained much more nutrition than the majority of today’s foods. Humans have developed the ability to live everywhere in the world which resulted in a great variety of diets. People in the arctic ate primarily animal fat and muscle, while people in warmer environments were more exposed to fruits and vegetables; either way they were lean and healthy. Our diets today primarily consist of processed foods which have only existed for not even half a century.
According to the National Resources Inventory, which tracks and documents the nation's natural resources, conditions and trends, 4,080,300 acres of farmland were transformed for development between 2002 and 2007. This is roughly the size of Massachusetts. If we continue to develop our land then we will have to rely more and more on bringing in food from other countries to keep up with the demand. So it is good that we have the technology to preserve and transport food around the world, but often we are using it when we don't have to. Buying local foods also has many advantages.