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  • No cases of anyone becoming ill from consuming produce contaminated with residue from pesticides or herbicides, either organic or synthetic. Both are certified safe for human exposure, and both are applied at trace levels well below safety standards.
  • Organic Food

    1. 1. Organic Food
    2. 2. What is organic food? <ul><li>Food that meets production standards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Indicates it’s been produced a certain way </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Has nothing to do with the final product </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grown without synthetic pesticides, artificial fertilizers, hormones, antibiotics, preservatives </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A marketing label </li></ul><ul><li>Organic = anything with a carbon/hydrogen bond. All food/life is organic. </li></ul><ul><li>An identical product that costs more </li></ul>
    3. 3. The Claims/Marketing Techniques <ul><li>Better for your health </li></ul><ul><li>Better for the environment </li></ul><ul><li>Tastes better </li></ul><ul><li>Pesticide/Hormone/Antibiotic/Herbicide free </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits small/local farmers </li></ul><ul><li>More antioxidants/protein, lower nitrates </li></ul><ul><li>Less “toxins” </li></ul>
    4. 4. Key words/phrases/scare tactics for marketing Organic Food <ul><li>Chemical/Pesticide/Hormone free </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Go organic for what’s not in the food” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Natural </li></ul><ul><li>Closer to nature </li></ul><ul><li>Referring to conventional farming methods as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chemical farming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Industrial Agriculture </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. The Truth <ul><li>Is organic food better for your health? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No scientific evidence (Britain’s Food Standards Agency, 2009) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nutrient content determined primarily by plant’s heredity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Is pesticide/herbicide residue harmful? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No scientific evidence for cancer (ACS, 2006) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May even be beneficial </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Natural chemicals in plants more toxic than residual pesticides </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Is it better for the environment? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More land for the same amount of food </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biodiversity results from management, not unique to organic farming </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Is natural (cow manure) fertilizer better than synthetic? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Greater chance for E. coli, salmonella </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Are you supporting small/local farmers? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Most comes from the big “evil” corporations in California, 20% from China </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Does buying organic protect farm workers? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2/3 are suicides </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Illnesses are proportional between organic/conventional farming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li><1% occur in the US. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Does organic farming use pesticides? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-synthetic pesticides are used </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Does organic food taste better? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Qualitative differences may be attributed to growing conditions, not due to organic farming standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Influenced by freshness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// =8Zqe4ZV9LDs#t=2m45s </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Crop Yield <ul><li>Organic farming produces lower yields </li></ul><ul><li>Forage land for cows (natural fertilizer) </li></ul><ul><li>Crop production has tripled between 1950 and 2000, land use only increased 10% </li></ul><ul><li>Organic farming can only feed 4 billion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>~2.5 billion would have to starve to death </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Genetically Modified Foods <ul><li>Does not meet organic standards </li></ul><ul><li>Takes at least 5 years for approval </li></ul><ul><li>Must pass USDA, EPA, FDA standards </li></ul><ul><li>Easier, less costly, more chemical free </li></ul><ul><li>No evidence for “taking up” GMO’s genes into our chromosomes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DNA is broken down </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The genes only work in plants anyways </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Not less nutritious </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Only known genes/proteins </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Oprah’s Stance <ul><li>Website article references Britain’s Food Standards Agency’s article on nutritional differences (none) </li></ul><ul><li>Rest of the article was dedicated to the organic movement side, tips </li></ul>A 2006 show featured Julia Roberts and author Sophie Uliano ( Gorgeously Green ) No opposing, scientific viewpoint was taken into consideration. The show was intended to sell a product (Uliano’s book)
    9. 9. Ellen Degeneres <ul><li>Part of the Tierra Miguel Foundation’s Home Veggie Delivery </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation delivers organic vegetables from local farms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Website claims the food is “healthier and tastier” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teamed up with Halo </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Produces organic pet food </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Sources <ul><li>Barrett, Stephen. “’Organic’ Foods: Certification Does Not Protect Consumers.” Quackwatch. Retrieved 9 April 2010. < > </li></ul><ul><li>Dangour, Alan et al. “Nutritional quality of organic foods: a systematic review.” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 29 July 2009. Retrieved 7 April 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Goldberg, Bob. “The Hypocrisy of Organic Farmers.” 5 June 2000. Retrieved 7 April 2010. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Leonard, Andrew. “Save the rain forest – boycott organic?” 11 December 2006. Retrieved 7 April 2010. < > </li></ul><ul><li>MacKerron D.K.L. et al. &quot;Organic farming: science and belief.&quot;  Individual articles from the 1998/99 Report.  Scottish Crop Research Institute, 1 Dec. 1999. Retrieved 7 April 2010. <> </li></ul><ul><li>Shea, Erin. “The Costs and Benefits of Buying Organic Food.” 13 August 2009. Retrieved 7 April 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>< http:// /health/Should-You-Buy-Organic-Food/ > </li></ul>