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World of Difference Between Conventional and Organic Food

| 4/22/2013 3:54:00 PM

I have made up my mind. I even have dreams where I advocate for eating organic. I am certain that to take care of my family, our planet, and myself, choosing organic foods is the wiser choice.

I know that you have likely seen countless articles that either claim organic foods are better or ones that claim they are not. I think that the answer is within our grasp by applying good ole common sense.

We live in an age where we are told science knows best. I am pro science but I am also pro self-determination and using basic reasoning skills that do not depend on a PhD, test tubes, petri dishes or field sampling. For those of you who need science to confirm, there are some significant studies for review.

In a factual presentation shown below in two columns, the Mayo Clinic has outlined some significant differences between organic and conventional agricultural methods.



Apply chemical fertilizers to promote plant growth.

Apply natural fertilizers, such as manure or compost, to feed soil and plants.

Spray synthetic insecticides to reduce pests and disease.

Spray pesticides from natural sources; use beneficial insects and birds, mating disruption or traps to reduce pests and disease.

Use synthetic herbicides to manage weeds.

Use environmentally-generated plant-killing compounds; rotate crops, till, hand weed or mulch to manage weeds.

Give animals antibiotics, growth hormones and medications to prevent disease and spur growth.

Give animals organic feed and allow them access to the outdoors. Use preventive measures — such as rotational grazing, a balanced diet and clean housing — to help minimize disease.

To my mind, the major points of difference are significant. One method uses non-synthetic inputs and works with natural systems like crop rotation, beneficial insects, non-synthetic pesticides derived from things like cayenne to produce food. Animals are fed organic food and not given antibiotics and growth hormones and are allowed to be outside. This is organic agriculture. The other method uses toxic synthetic chemicals derived from petroleum to control weeds and insects and then applies synthetic fertilizers derived from natural gas to make the plants grow. Animals are given antibiotics and growth hormones and are held in confining and crowded conditions with no access to the outdoors. This is conventional agriculture.

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There are many types of food available in the market and it can be categorized into two sections viz the organic food and conventional food. Previously the foods crops are being obtained with the help of the chemical fertilizer but in case of the organic fertilizer synthetic fertilizers are being avoided so it is better that we should be taking in comparison to conventional foods.

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