The Organic Fable Essay

1381 WordsMar 9, 20146 Pages
Argument Analysis of “The Organic Fable” “The Organic Fable” is a piece of opinionated work based on organic issues written by Roger Cohen. He is an OP-ED Columnist for The New York Times. In this piece of work, Cohen argues against organic farming, accusing that the word “organic” is being overused, organic foods are not more nutritious than food from regular farming, and that it does not provide enough food for the “9 billion people in the world”. Cohen is targeting all food consumers, but especially the upper middle class consumers. He aims to convince food consumers that organic food is not much different from food from regular farming, and also it is not providing enough for all people in the world. In this opinionated article, Cohen successfully captured his targeted audiences, engaging their senses of credibility, logic, and emotion through his use of solid sources, statistics and comparisons. However, most of Cohen’s arguments are shallow, biased, and falsely stated, causing confusion among both people in and outside of his intended audience. Cohen testifies his own credibility by giving his audience information from a couple well-known sources. Some of the well-known sources that he provides are Organic Trade Association, Stanford University, and the Department of Agriculture. These sources are known for providing information to people around the world. For example, people know Stanford University because of its impressive academics, and it is one of the top universities in the U.S. Not only is it known for impressive academics and university rankings, it is also known for being one of the “world’s leading research” universities, according to Stanford education website. Additionally, Cohen provided three good points on organic phenomenon even though he is against it. First, he claims that it shows the awareness of diet and small-scale local farming is

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