The Organic Food Movement
by Ken McCormick

While the organic food movement is based on green and moral principles, it should be
noted that not all foods are equally sensitive to pesticides and chemicals. Some
foods are protected by a peel also.

Other foods are better to buy organic, because they are sensitive to
pesticides or chemicals:

1. Meat: Corporate farms often feed their livestock antibiotics to prevent disease, to
offset crowded conditions in which they are raised. They are also fed chemicals to
make them grow larger more quickly, so that it costs less to raise them to the point
where they can be slaughtered for meat. The drugs and chemicals that animals are
fed don't disappear when they are killed Ð often the compounds stay in the meat,
and are ingested by humans.

Organic certification not only prevents the livestock farmers from feeding them
chemicals and drugs, but also provides some assurance of humane treatment.
Animal products marked "organic" come from animals that must be given some
outdoor time each day, which is better than no time outside but should not be
confused with genuinely humane treatment.

2.
Coffee: With coffee, watch for both the organic label and a label marking the
product as "Fair trade." What this means is that the coffee has been grown and
harvested without exploited labor. You don't want to purchase coffee that is
inexpensive because the people who harvested it in the country where it was grown
were paid a pittance.

3.
Some fruit: It is better to buy organic when a type of fruit tends to concentrate
the chemicals and pesticides it is exposed to. The Environmental Working Group's list
of foods that have high concentrations of chemicals starts with peaches. Peaches
have a very thin skin, which allows chemicals to leach into the edible part of the fruit,
and the fruit itself is very soft allowing for deep penetration of chemical compounds.

You also want to be careful and purchase organic when buying apples, strawberries,
cherries and grapes, and also wine since they are a grape product.


About The Author

Ken McCormick

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The organic food movement rose out
of a complex web of concerns and
issues. First, there is the pesticide
issue. For decades, large corporate
farms had overused pesticides and
chemicals on crops, which many
argue is unhealthy.

There is also the buy local issue.
Unlike many supermarket foods,
which may be shipped from miles or
even countries away, organic food is
often produced locally. This supports
local farmers and businesspeople, and
conserves energy because there is
less fuel wasted in food transport.
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