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All Organic or Inorganic?

All farmer should not do organic farming about vegitables and fruits

Yumiko Takashima

on 7 May 2010

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Transcript of All Organic or Inorganic?

Not everyone afford to buy organic food everyday Labor intensive are expensive to grow crops

Mid-size farms have big impact of labor expenses

Farmers need labor force to follow USDA certification process
not chemical fertilizers, insecticides and pesticides
to eliminate weeds before sowing

Spend 20% more on groceries for healthy foods
These choices consume 35-40% of low-income family's grocery budget

70% shoppers - price is a major barrier
Organic costs you 50% - 100 % more
If you see these labels,
you can be sure the product is at least 95% organic What is organic? organic certification avoidance of most synthetic chemical input
(fertilizer, pesticides, antibiotics, food additives), genetically modified
farmland has been free from synthetic chemicals for a number of years
(often, three or more)
keeping detailed written production and sales record
maintaining strict physical separation of organic products from non-certified products
undergoing periodic on-site inspections
154 million people are already undernourished in the world
(United Nations Environment Programme,2009, The environmental food crisis)
39.1 million, 13.2% of the U.S. population are undernourished
(The U.S. Census Bureau, 2008) 70% of Americans buy organic food occasionally

Only 10% U.S. consumers buy organic items regularly

Organic farmland is only 0.5 % in U.S.

Organic is only 2% of the food industry both in the U.S. and world wide
If totally deny the pesticide use
An average drop in farming yields 10% - 25%
The maximum loss cause 25% to 100% loss of yield in several crops

2.Price issue of organic food
1.Non-organic supports
huge market 3.Organic farming reduces the productivity Organic farm is weak from environmental issue

Risk of yield losses
pest attack
deal with weed problem

We can cut food pesticide exposure by almost 90% by

avoiding the most contaminated vegetables & fruits

eating the least contaminated vegetables & fruits Why? Shopper's Guide to pesticides All farmer should not do organic farming about vegitables and fruits
Labor cost 1).Customer reaction (2002 USDA studay) Organic is not suitable for massive demand
2).What raise the cost of organic food? (Environmental Working Group) based on the results of nearly 43,000 tests for pesticides on produce by the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration between 2000 and 2004 Requirments (University of California-Davis Reported) (Redbook, 2009, “The Truth About Organic Foods”) (2002 USDA study) (Danish Environmental Protection Agency, 1999, Conclusions and recommendations of the Committee:8.7.1 Total phase-out) (REDBOOK, "The Truth About Organic Foods) (According to survey data from Nutrition Business Journal & the Hartman Group) (1992-2005, According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture)
(eartheasy.com,"The (still) high cost of organic food") Organic scale is very small
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