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Are you paying the price

  1. 1. ARE YOU PAYING THE PRICE? ORGANIC FOOD IS NOT WORTH IT Are you paying the price? Organic food is not worth it Jennifer Hill DeVry University
  2. 2. ARE YOU PAYING THE PRICE? ORGANIC FOOD IS NOT WORTH IT Many believe buying organic foods will lead to better health rather than eatingconventional foods. Eating chemically grown food has been one of the leading causes of healthissues and obesity. Organic food does not have more nutritious nor any less prone to bacterialcontamination than, conventional grown foods. Systematic review found no evidence of a healthbenefits attached to organic foods. Organic food provides no health benefits to conventionalfoods and it still contains harmful pesticides found in industrialized foods. When you are eatingorganic foods, eat at your own risk. Problems Organic food provides no nutritional benefits to. Proponents may argue otherwise. Theybelieve eating organic foods will provide a variety of benefits; organic food has more beneficialnutrients. Such as antioxidants, rather than their grown counterparts, in addition, people withallergies to foods, chemicals, or preservativesoften find their symptoms lessen or go away whenthey eat only organic foods. Organically grown foods have fewer pesticides such as fungicides,herbicides, and insecticides. These chemicals have been used in conventional agriculture andresidues remain on the food we eat. Organic food has great benefits with women being pregnant because they are morevulnerable due to added stress pesticides put on their already taxed organs. Pesticides within themother can be passed down to the womb as well as the breast milk, some exposures can causedelayed effects on the nervous system, even years after the initial exposure. We are been a victimof believing buying organic foods will help with your health issues and will lower your risk ofobesity. Chosen not to believe that eating organic foods will have a better effect on women thatare pregnant organic does not mean “nutritious” and never did. Spinach may be grownconventionally, rather than organically, but will still have the nutritional profile of spinach,which is, of course, outstanding. Gummy bear‟s candy for the matter may be organic, and add
  3. 3. ARE YOU PAYING THE PRICE? ORGANIC FOOD IS NOT WORTH ITnothing but empty calories to your diet. My son is five years old; he is in the gifted program andhas good health, outside of the normal common colds and hurting himself. Most pregnantwomen have not eaten organic foods while carrying their child. There was no cleat healthbenefits were discernible in connection to these/ the lack of recognizable health benefits has beennoted before. Contrary to popular belief, organic food still contains harmful pesticides found inconventional foods. There was a clinical trial in which 1,000 people are assigned to strictlyorganic foods, and another 1,000 to conventional grown foods, for 10 years- the two groupsbeing just alike in all other ways. Such a trial would be enormously costly, cumbersome. Somechemicals contaminants would almost certainly get into the diets of the “organic” group despitethe very best preventive efforts, and these would also contaminate the study. It was shown thatorganically grown food has fewer amounts of pesticides but still can cause health issues. It hasbecome a delivery device for artificial colors, additives, preservatives, added growth hormones,antibiotics, pesticides, insecticides and so much more. (Organic Food takes a hit, but boosters saystudy misses point. (2012). Advertising Age, 83(32), 5. ) Take a step back and know what is in your food is important. Being unaware of what‟s inyour food can lead to bad health. I love local organic shops, they are smaller you know the foodis truly healthy and it is not coming from a large factory, placing a stamp saying it‟s healthy.Conventional foods have been in the media for plenty of things and none of it has been goodnews. About 20 per cent of the food we eat is contaminated with trace amounts ofpesticides, even though most of them have been banned for decades, a new report says.Adultswho eat a well-rounded diet may be ingesting up to 90x the acceptable limit for exposure to a
  4. 4. ARE YOU PAYING THE PRICE? ORGANIC FOOD IS NOT WORTH ITgroup of chemicals known as persistent organic pollutants. POPs are described as a class ofchemicals that are among the most insidiously dangerous compounds ever produced becausethey persist in the environment for years and can build up in the bodys fatty tissue. On the otherhand organic foods are being labeled the same with the chemicals that are being sprayed onto thefoods we eat. Saying they are health but they are not. Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor of TheTelegraph says “They found no consistent differences in the vitamin content of organic products.There were higher levels of phosphorus in organically grown food but the researchers said this isof little importance as so few people are deficient in this.” We were a little surprised that wedidnt find that. Our goal was to shed light on what the evidence is. This is information thatpeople can use to make their own decisions based on their level of concern about pesticides, theirbudget and other considerations."http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9517246/Organic-food-is-not-healthier.html Thewise thing to overall is people needed to eat more fruit and vegetables, no matter how they weregrown. That is the key to great health, cutting back on foods that you do not need to eat andfocus on incorporating species too. When you are buying organic foods what is the first thing that comes to mind? The cost.Organic foods prices are higher because they are “grown” differently and are more nature thanconventional foods. Studies have proven buying organic foods can cost up to 4x‟s the amountthan conventional foods. If you were to go into your local grocery store to buy a pack of organiccrackers, their price will be $5.25. However, if you were to buy an off brand box of crackerstheir price will be $1.58. The effect of spending this amount of money is costing people moremoney to feed their families. Contrary to the belief that you are going to have a healthy bodyfrom eating organic foods is believe to be a myth. Despite the fact it has been proven organic
  5. 5. ARE YOU PAYING THE PRICE? ORGANIC FOOD IS NOT WORTH ITfoods are not nutritionallybetter everyone is jumping on the bandwagon. Everyone from UncleTobys to Kraft, Heinz, Kellogg‟s and even Coca-Cola has jumped on the bandwagon. Anddeveloping countries are joining in too: Chinas organic exports grew 200-fold in a decade toreach US$200 million in 2004. Australia is also a major exporter, and plans to increase itsorganic produce by 50 per cent by 2012. The food market is not the same as it was back in1950‟s and 1960‟s, microwaves wasn‟t thought of, people cooked all of their meals and the meatcame from a butcher not a packaging company. Having your food expose to pesticides whetherit‟s organically grown or not cause serious health effect to you. Eating too much of one think isnot good for anyone. These days, modern farming techniques have evolved after decades ofpressure from the environmental movement and decades of work by a generation of scientistsinspired by environmental awareness. Organic farmers are bound to an ideology that demandsthey only use natural techniques. In some cases, such purism gets in the way of practices that arebetter for the environment and more sustainable for farmers. For example, organic farmers willuse litres of BT spray (BT is a natural pesticide made by the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis),yet they often demonize the genetically modified (GM) cotton crops that carry an inbuilt supplyof BT, and which therefore require less spraying. Regards of what you think you are obtainingfrom organic foods, one solution that is suggested is to start your how garden. Make a decisionwhether you want to spend 4x‟s the money for something that you thought was healthier for youor you can buy conventional foods that comes with the same price towards your health. The costis greatly debatable do to the fact it should not cost much to eat when you are paying for foodthat isn‟t 100% healthy. Do your research and see what is on the labels, know what‟s in yourfood.Non-organic farmers make use of chemicals to achieve these goals. Just prior to World WarI, German chemists Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch learned to make ammonia synthetically. Their
  6. 6. ARE YOU PAYING THE PRICE? ORGANIC FOOD IS NOT WORTH ITchemical reaction is still used today to produce more than 450 million tons of artificial fertilizerper year, and sustains the agriculture which feeds about 60 per cent of the Earths population.(http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/node/1567) Solutions One solution is showingthe real hidden dangers of buying organic and learning how toprevent you from getting sick. There is plenty not being said about organic foods and theirhidden dangers to your health.The reason is a strain of the E. coli bacteria may actuallycontaminate certain vegetables when they are fertilized with organic. E.coil has been found inmany organically grown vegetables, also there has been plenty of recalls on tomatoes, lettuces,spinach...etc. a good way to reinsure you do not have any thing on your fruits and vegetables isto wash them. They have a specially made commercial wash that cleanse fruits and vegetables.Even though there are chemicals that are found in/on the foods you can help yourself reduce therisk of being sick, contaminating other foods and yourself. Cooking your meats is another dangerthat has not been exposed in regards to organically grown meats. They have great dangers thatyou can help reduce. First, cook all meats properly; hamburger and other ground meats should becooked until juices run clear at 160 degrees. Steaks and other whole meats can be cooked to alesser degree of doneness as long as the surface reaches 160 degrees and is not punctured byforks during the preparation or cooking. Punctures can transfer the bacteria to the interior of themeat where temperatures may not be high enough to destroy the microorganism.Second, washnon-cooked items well with water and cleaners made for fruits and vegetables or even withantimicrobial soaps. This can help destroy the dangerous E. coli strain that may havecontaminated the food, either through organic procedures or human
  7. 7. ARE YOU PAYING THE PRICE? ORGANIC FOOD IS NOT WORTH IThandling.http://www.angelo.edu/services/communications_marketing/archives/01sep/9-10-01.phpNo one is going to tell you “What‟s the catch?” even though organic foods has been saidto be better for you and will have better effect for you in the long haul isn‟t true. You have to beable to determine that on your own. It not harmful to conduct your own research and see is thistrue? You will save yourself the grief of buying food that is not health and can avoid all thehidden dangers in organic foods. Second solution is showing you how much you are spending and the cost is not relevantto the product, spending more money when you are getting the same results. Every market hasbeen in a financial crisis because there has been loss of jobs, home, and business being force toclose their doors. However, people have been doing all they can to feed their families and try toeat health. Organic foods have given people the sense of security that if I spend more I will domy body well. My solution to this problem is to buy at your own risk. Weigh the pros and consof buy organic food vs. conventional foods. If you go inside a grocery store and you see a signthat says Organic foods, you start to think should I buy this? You look at the cost and see it is outof your budget however, you buy it believing you are eating better. On average, a family of fourspends $800/month for organic food, which includes meats, juices, fruits, veggies, and snacks.When you compare conventional foods you are spending $540/month to feed a family of four.That is a savings of $260 extra a month, yearly you are saving over $3,000. If you generally buyyour veggies frozen with the exception of salad, sweet potatoes, and white potatoes you arefinding ways to save more money. Frozen veggies do not mean they are not health for you, youmay not eat them right away and having those there for convinces is a great idea. People arebeing hip to buying frozen foods. If you feel the need to buy organic foods, and you do not havethe funds to buy all that you need, buy what you can afford and work around it. Our government
  8. 8. ARE YOU PAYING THE PRICE? ORGANIC FOOD IS NOT WORTH ITshould be helping lower these prices and encouraging people to eat healthy, especially whenthere is so much focus on curbing childhood obesity. There is such a focus on junk food, soda,and everything else going on right now, why not spend more time focusing on making the goodfoods affordable for the families that are more likely to suffer from obesity… the low incomefamilies.( http://momotics.com/organic-out-of-reach-for-low-income-families/)Price differencebetween organic and conventional food may be reduced or eliminated as organic farmingtechniques advance and as the price of petroleum products, like pesticides and herbicides.(http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2012/10/organic-food-for-kids-buy-this-not-that/) Call to Action If we do not act fact millions of Americans will lose money buying food that does notmean it is necessary good for them. Organic foods have the same vitamins and minerals asconventional foods. Making a compares on whether which is better should not be based on price,how it is farmed and who is growing it. Consumers will not make you aware of the hiddendangers that are in your food. This is one of many ways they control us, through our food. Youhave to be consciously aware of what you are buying and spending your money on. Familieswith low-come cannot afford to buy or eat healthy do to the price hike in our food. Some areasdo not have grocery stores that provide a “better way of life”. Research what is being said and gobehind the scenes is the key. If you watch the „Food Inc.‟ you will see the dangers of the foodyou eat. Is there a way around it? Can we take back how our food is grown? Why does organicfood cost more and they have some of the same dangers as conventional foods? These arequestions that we should think of. Eating healthy should not come with a huge price, you shouldnot stand in your local grocery store and ponder should you buy one over the next because you
  9. 9. ARE YOU PAYING THE PRICE? ORGANIC FOOD IS NOT WORTH ITcannot afford it. Contact your local government agent that can help you USDA organic labelfoods and see what they can tell you about the foods you eat. Getting answers, asking them whyare they labeling foods healthier when there aren‟t. Are you paying the price for organic foods?
  10. 10. ARE YOU PAYING THE PRICE? ORGANIC FOOD IS NOT WORTH IT Referenceshttp://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2012/10/organic-food-for-kids-buy-this-not-that/http://www.angelo.edu/services/communications_marketing/archives/01sep/9-10-01.phphttp://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57538015/american-academy-of-pediatrics-says-organic-food-no-better/http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/node/1567http://momotics.com/organic-out-of-reach-for-low-income-families/http://www.organicconsumers.org/Toxic/conventional101502.cfmhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9517246/Organic-food-is-not-healthier.html

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