Working Bibliography: Organic Food
Topic: Organic Food
Focusing Question: Is organic food really any better for you than inorganic food? And what are the differences between the two?
1) Healy, Melissa. "Behind the Organic Label." Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA). Sept. 6 2004: F1+. SIRS Researcher. Web. 16 Feb 2011.
This states that in 2004, the American Chemicals Society met up to decide if organic food really is healthier than inorganic food. They found that the differences were not significant enough to completely state that organic food is healthier. (see Working Knowledge Google Docs to see direct quote.)
2) "Organic Food." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. 2 Mar. 2011. Web. 02 Mar. 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_foods>.
I would like to use this imformation for my introduction. This states that organic foods are those made “using environmentally sound methods” and that don’t use pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
3) "Health Benefits of Organic Food." Welcome to Organic Facts. Web. 02 Mar. 2011. <http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-food/organic-food-basics/health-benefits-of-organic-food.html>.
It basically stated that there is no evidence that organic food is healthier than inorganic food. It also brought up the claim that inorganic food is healthier because organic food contains bacteria and viruses. However, it stated that there is no evidence to back this up. Yet, it did state that there is some evidence that organic milk and tomatoes are better then their inorganic counterparts.
4) Mayo Clinic Staff. "Organic Foods: Are They Safer? More Nutritious?" Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 5 Nov. 2010. Web. 9 Feb. 2011. <www.mayoclinic.com>.
This is a great article. One topic that it discussed was the benefits of organic food. One of the benefits it mentioned included fewer pesticides. Conventional farmers spray pesticides on their produce, which can leave a residue. Organic farmers use significantly less pesticides, as well as beneficial birds and insects. Another benefit of organic food is that organic regulations restrict the use of food additives and fortifying agents (which includes preservatives and artificial sweeteners). Another reason it discusses is environmental. Organic regulations are designed to help the environment by reducing pollution and maintaining water and soil quality.