Organic Certification Naira, Jas, Madison, and Sophia

     What is the cost of organic produce versus non-organic? In our project, we studied this question. We found that organic food tends to be about 68% more expensive than non-organic food. Our next question was why is organic food so much more costly? With a bit of research, we reached an answer: organic food is much harder to take care of, so as an effect, less is available. We then identified our problem: since organic food is significantly more expensive, not everybody can afford it. We think that everybody should be able to afford high-quality produce. Our solution is that some of our tax money should go to organic farmers so that they don’t need to demand such a high price for their products.

     There are many reasons that organic produce is expensive, the two most important are labor and transportation. Using transportation to bring the  produce grown in organic farms costs more because organic food comes in small quantities. Because of this, it takes longer to produce food without pesticides which are chemicals sprayed on crops to keep the pests, (such as moths and caterpillars) away. When farmers spray on these chemicals, the food on this farm is non-organic. Organic means that the food has no hormones, or chemicals. Organic food is healthier for you, but it is also more expensive because it costs more money to produce healthy food. Also, greater labor is required to produce organic foods because it takes more effort to produce foods without pesticides. Farms that are organic use natural insects, (such as spiders and ladybugs) to get rid of the crop pests instead of pesticides. It costs more money and takes more effort to care for livestock and crops properly.

     Because organic produce is more expensive than regular produce organic produce is not available to our community as a whole. Regular produce has pesticides, which can lead to many health problems. One of the biggest health problems is cancer. Pesticides have been linked to cancers such as, breast, prostate, brain, bone thyroid, colon, liver, liver, lung, and many more. The lack of organic produce in our community due to its expense is increasing risk of cancer. Another problematic and big health problem caused by exposure to and consumption of pesticides is infertility and birth defects. Certain weed killers can increase miscarriage and infertility rates. In men some pesticides can lower testosterone levels. Pesticides such as Roundup can cause birth defects if you’re already pregnant, and disrupt hormones. Because not everyone can eat organic, many people are getting less nutrition and more health problems.

     The world has come up with a few solutions to solve our problem that organic certified food is expensive. One of the solutions is that if you could get the government to support organically certified farms financially than organic food wouldn’t be so expensive. Another solution people are thinking of is outlawing pesticides and other chemicals they put on non-organic foods. My group thinks that that if the government put money into organically certified farms then more people would be able to afford organic food, so they can eat healthier for less money. This would be a good choice for the government because Obama, the president is trying to fix the same issue. So we would all solve the same problem  if the government helps by giving money to organically certified farms.



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  • Alicia Purpur

    I think that this essay was very persuasive because it felt like you guys were talking to me, and not just people in general. That was persuasive because it made me feel connected to the problem and want to help more. If I you were to do this again, keep in mind that you want to keep all the informal writing but mix it in with more formal ways of saying things too. I most liked that the paragraphs flowed together nicely and did not sound robotic.

  • Katie Sauvain

    Revisions needed:
    –your group still needs to add 2-5 annotated citations (see the instructions on the research project doc)

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