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Organic Food. Are they Worth It? Arguments against Organic Foods.

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On any day at the supermarket, consumers have the option of buying foods from conventional produce farms that use chemical
pesticides and herbicides or organic foods—grown on farms that use only natural products to keep pests and weeds away from
the produce.  Organic foods are clearly more expensive and some consumers wonder if the extra expense is worth it.
While foods not grown using organic techniques definitely will contain residues of one or more types of pesticides, one
study done in 2002 revealed that organic produce routinely contain pesticide residue as well, but only one-third as much
as conventional produce.  Even so, the potential for ingesting pesticides from organic foods still exists so this type of
food needs to be washed just like other produce.  Unfortunately, no standards exist as to how much pesticide consumption
is tolerable.

Another important point that detractors of organic produce make is the finding that up to half of all “natural chemicals”
used in food production have been found to be cancer-causing when tested in a laboratory.  Chemists debate whether any
chemicals put on foods is safe and there are those who doubt that any chemical food residue truly has the ability to cause
cancer—regardless of whether they are organic or conventionally-grown.

There are those who are actively looking at organic foods and their ability to sustain the population of the earth.  Some
of these researchers feel that organic agriculture alone is incapable of keeping up with the world’s food demands.  In
addition, some agriculturists feel that the soil benefits found in organic farming is solely due to good crop rotation and
has little to do with the actual organic techniques.

Organic farmers have a greater time keeping their crops free of mold, pests and other diseases, resulting in a lesser
quality of produce and in greater crop losses by the end of the growing season.  One researcher claimed that growing only
organic tomatoes, for example, would consume more than 600 percent more land than tomatoes grown using conventional methods.
Most people believe that organic produce is completely free of pesticides and that no pesticides are used in the growing of
organic crops.  This is, in fact, not true.  Organic farmers aim to use as little pesticides as possible but such chemicals
are still used to some extent.  In addition, some organic pesticides contain an excess of copper—a heavy metal. Copper
leaches into the soil, builds up and can cause health problems just like other pesticides.

Other pesticides approved for use in organic farming have some toxicity as well. The pesticide known as sabadilla has been
shown to be toxic to honeybees and is being studied as a potentially toxic substance in larger animals and humans.
Interestingly, while organic pesticides must be extensively tested before they are allowed to be used to grow produce,
“organic pesticides” do not have the same requirements and may be as toxic as their conventional counterparts.

Organic foods are more expensive to grow and are thus more expensive to purchase than regular foods.  This means that
organic foods are less available to individuals living at lower income levels.  The cost difference for organic foods
is approximately ten to forty percent higher in average cost when compared to olrganic foods.

Every family has to make its own decision as to whether or not to go “organic” and buy only organically-grown foods. 
Some experts feel it is worth the extra cost to consumers to buy organic foods, while others question the actual benefit
of buying them.

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  1. David
    May 13th, 2012 at 05:24 | #1

    I recently cut caffeine out of my diet for medical reasons and I thought I would supplant my habitual coffee drinking with herbal tea.

  2. Hughes Elizabeth
    May 15th, 2012 at 15:53 | #2

    In places like Andes coco tea is a popular herbal tea that is effective for atitude sickness.

  3. William Randazzo
    May 19th, 2012 at 12:21 | #3

    Herbal Tea is prepared with right mix of herbs plants roots seeds and flowers of herbal plants which stimulate the body and the system.

  4. Hardy
    May 24th, 2012 at 16:11 | #4

    When alkaline based herbs are used prominently in herbal tea the health benefits seem to be even greater.

  5. Joe
    June 3rd, 2012 at 00:08 | #5

    Green tea is probably the most well documented of all the herbal tea varieties.

  6. Marcus
    June 7th, 2012 at 05:38 | #6

    One can consume herbal tea as medicine for 3-6 weeks.

  7. Elizabeth
    June 10th, 2012 at 04:10 | #7

    Organic foods are in fact not synonymous with all-natural foods, as most people think it to become. It are known to contain 50 percent more nutrients, vitamins,actually. It are also rich in digestible vitamins, minerals and nutrients required by the body. It can simply be kept over non organic food on account of its large number of benefits and increasing popularity. Organic foods are as big business as any other food product business and just as manipulative in their marketing.

    Organic foods are clearly more pricey and some consumers wonder if the extra expense is worth it. It are more pricey to grow and are thus more expensive to purchase than regular foods. It are designed to be free of poisons like insecticides. It are free from non-natural colors and essence enhancers, element additives and toxic pesticides. Organic foods are healthier because no chemicals were used in during the growth stage of your vegetables.

    Organic foods are healthier and total of accepted decency.

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