Organic vs. Conventional Foods

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With the world’s population continuing to surge, the demand for food is greater than ever. This increase in food demand also calls for more efficient and resourceful ways of growing and providing the food. Two methods that are very controversial are the organic and conventional method. Organic foods represent a significant market segment within the global food industry, since these products are often believed to be safer and more nutritious than their conventional counterparts (“Organics”, 2014). While many people support the organic method because of its known benefits, others feel that it is an exaggerated industry that cheats consumers out of their money. Recently many studies have challenged those critics. These studies substantiate that Organic food is a better choice than conventional because it is better for the environment, avoids the use of chemicals, and is generally more beneficial. To help keep crops from being destroyed, conventional farmers use many methods such as pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. Nearly 1 billion pounds of these chemicals are used every year (“pesticides”). Because of this excessive use, some scientists express concern that using artificial chemicals in the farming process could produce unhealthy crops. People who ate it over a long period of time could suffer from degraded health and stunted growth (“Organic Foods”). For example, in 1989, the EPA banned the use of Alar which was a chemical used to ripen apples (“Farming, Organics”). This chemical proved to be hazardous after causing tumors in mice after several laboratory tests (“Organic Food”). As a result of these findings there was a dramatic rise of the sales for organic food (“Organic Food”). Another study found that Atrazine (one of the most widely used herbicides in the United States) has the potential of being toxic and reducing sperm counts in males (“Organic
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