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Sustainability: Organic Foods

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Courtney Thompson

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Organic Foods A Sustainability Project By: Courtney Thompson What is Organic? Why Organic? Now What? The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) definition:
"Organic meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides, fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge, bioengineering or ionizing radiation." (3) Certifited
Organic
seal organic foods must come from a farm that is also certified as organic. (3) Types of Organic 100 Percent
Organic Products that are completely organic or made of all organic ingredients. Organic Products that are at least 95 percent organic. These are products that contain at least 70 percent organic ingredients. The organic seal can't be used on these packages. Made With Organic
Ingredients If a food contains less than 70 percent organic ingredients, then, by law, they can not use the official organic seal, advertise organic on the label, or even be classified as organic. Some More Clarification: "organic": these also are not allowed to contain the preservative of sulfites. this chemical compound that provoke allergies and asthma in some people. (1) (1) "Animals on organic farms eat organically grown feed, aren't confined 100 percent of the time (as they sometimes are on conventional farms), and are raised without antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones." (2) an quick video of an organic farm Simple answer?
It's better for you.. Organic food is good for your body, but it is more expensive. The issue of cost, especially with the current economy, holds many people back from "going organic." The price of organic foods can be as much as 50 percent more than non-organic foods. Yet, people still want to eat organic foods, so many people compromise and buy organically part-time. In fact, 70 percent of Americans occasionally buy organic foods, and approximately 25 percent buy organic foods each week. "it's better for you" does not mean more nutritious, but rather it means that organic foods are better for you because they contain no pesticide residue and, in reference to animal products, no growth hormones being passed from animal to human body. A Satirical Comic Strip Although this is a comic, it points out a valid reason as to why we should choose organic products. The first two blocks refer to the cow being "kept pregnant" in order to produce milk. rBGH (a synthetic Bovine Growth Hormone) is pumped into cows to make their bodies and brain believe they are pregnant, in order to produce milk. This chemical is passed from the cow's body to the human body, through the milk. THink about the Environment Organic foods help the
environment in many ways: Reduces pollutants in water
organic farming creates richer and more pure soil
over a 15 year span, organic farming used 50 percent less energy than conventional farming
Organic farms are drastically more compatible with wildlife and land conservation programs.
Think about your health "Studies show that children who maintain conventional diets have more pesticides in their bodies than those who eat organic foods...[And] the antibiotics and growth hormones that are used on conventionally grown farm animals...pass from the dairy products and meat we eat into our bodies. This use of antibiotics may be one of the causes of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria." Easiest answer?
Eat organic foods Demand organic! Some restaurants use organic foods in their dishes, and by eating at these restaurants, we (the consumer) are creating a preference in the food industry. If restaurants that serve organic food are getting more business than those not serving organic foods, then other restaurants will start using organic foods to maintain business. (3) I know, now you are thinking:
"Well I don't know who serves Organic." Here are some
Tri-State Options IOWA Chipotle Mexican Grille (Various)
Café Paradiso (Fairfield, IA)
La RANA (Decorah, IA)
Jason’s Deli (Des Moines, IA)
The Red Avacado (Cedar Rapids, IA)
New Pioneer Coop (Cedar Rapids, IA)
ILLINOIS WISCONSIN Duke’s Alehouse and Kitchen
(Crystal Lake, IL)
1776 (Crystal Lake, IL)
Green Zebra (Chicago, IL)
Nightwood (Chicago, IL)
Lulu Café (Chicago, IL)
Uncommon Ground (Chicago, IL)
Great Lake (Chicago, IL)
Chiliam Balam (Chicago, IL)
Pizza Fusion (Chicago, IL)
Prasino (Chicago, IL)
Cheese Factory Restaurant
(Wisconsin Dells, WI)
Bushel Pecks’s (Beloit, WI)
Wild Tomato Wood-Fired Pizza and Grille (Fish Creek, WI)
Roots Restaurant Cellar (Milwaukee, WI)
Riverwest Co-op (Milwaukee, WI)
Metro Bar Café (Milwaukee, WI)
Café Terragon (Milwaukee, WI)
Milwaukee Street Traders
(Delafield, WI)
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