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Organic vs. Non-Organic

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Now that we know what organic products are, we must analyze to understand what non-organic products and how they differ. Firstly, let's discuss non-organic products.

The significant increase in disease and pests, has resulted in farmers developing a new method of farming. This new system is knows as non-organic farming. It allows farmers to rapidly fight unwanted pests and increase their crop yields in a quicker, easier fashion (2005, Organic vs. non-organic production of natural fibres). There are many techniques involved in growing food non-organically. They are as follows;

>The first method is to introduce both pesticides and herbicides into the environment. Using this method was originally an easy task and also cheap, but now society is finding out that this method is harmful to the environment and people. (Pesticides and herbicides are discussed in greater detail on the other pages of this site.)(Organic Food vs. Non-Organic- Which is Better?, 2006).

>The next non-organic method is to induce animals with hormones and antibiotics. This method also has shown negative side effects. When humans consume meat that has been non-organically produced, the antibiotics used on the livestock enters our system and makes our body unable to naturally fight bacteria. Later, when an individual is prescribed antibiotics for a virus, there poses the potential problem of the antibiotic having no effect on the virus. The injection of hormones and antibiotics into animals has also lead to the well known disease Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, otherwise known as Mad Cow Disease (Organic Food vs. Non-Organic- Which is Better?, 2006).

>Other methods include irradiation to species in order to kill microorganism and harmful bacteria. By using all these chemicals such as Mercury, and Chlordane, scientists have linked chemicals used in non-organic farming to a number of deaths, illnesses, and diseases (Organic Food vs. Non-Organic- Which is Better?, 2006).

Unlike non-organic farming, organic farming uses farming techniques such as (2005, Organic vs. non-organic production of natural):

>Not using fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides (2005)

>Taking care of crops by introducing soil organisms

>Recycling mulch, manure and other organic products (Jason, 2001)

>Not altering the genes of animals (Organic Food vs. Non-Organic- Which is Better?, 2006)

When comparing organic to non-organic it is clearly evident that organic farming is not only environmentally safe, but also beneficial for both humans and animals (2006, Organic food is healthier and safer than food). Organic products are increasing in demand this demand has doubled over the past ten years. Also one can tell when a product is produced organically or non-organically ( Harrison, 1993). When looking at two food products they may appear to be the same, however one of the products will be higher in minerals and natural substances ( Harrison, 1993). A process known as chromophotography will show a difference between organically and non-organically produced foods.