Organic Food Literature

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Literature Review

My literature review looks at a number of articles, studies and a book on organic and inorganic food and fabrics.

Reviewing this literature will enable me to compare and consider the results which will emerge from my further research.

My sources will give me an objective and balanced view in contrast to the one-sided “hype” which seems to characterise much of the information currently available.

S. Formartz takes a look at where the craze for organic food originated and how organic food has been incorporated into so many people’s diets. The main focus is on whether organic food is factually better for a person and the main reasons why people buy organic. The effect pesticides and hormones are having on the environment
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Many farmers are turning to organic or ‘low-input” farming for economic survival. Organic farmers are less vulnerable than conventional farmers to natural and/or economic risks as their farming systems are more diversified. Future trends in commodity prices, new regulations and research will probably favour organic farmers. On a national scale organic farming could reduce commodity prices, reduce depletion of fossil fuels, improve wild and water life and ensure productivity of the land for future generations. Research into the cost of running organic and non-organic farming was conducted with the conclusion that the cost of running an organic farm were higher than those of a non-organic farm. Organic farmers are claiming that their soil has better tilth and less compaction and they use less power to operate their equipment. Future trends are discussed for both ways of growing crops and how both will be able to make the best use of all plans put into…show more content…
The three main reasons they buy organic are: it is safer, kinder to the environment and healthier. Researchers have discovered little difference in nutritional value and in food safety. So if a person is buying organic it was a personal choice and not because of any conclusive evidence. As organic produce is more costly with no major benefits, a consumer should not feel not feel pressured or disadvantaged when purchasing inorganic. Ideally, one should rather purchase fresh produce locally produced directly from the farmer to get fresher products. If a consumer is worried about pesticides, all fresh produce should be washed in a very mild dishwashing soap and water mixture to remove

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