Certified Organic Term Paper

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Organics trip to the local grocery store will reveal that organic vegetables and fruits not only look better than their non-organic counterparts: they are in many cases also not that much more expensive. As a result, many mainstream supermarkets are starting to carry organic lines of produce, offering more choice to consumers. The Albertson's chain in Washington State recently started stocking shelves with organic coffee; UK food retail giant Safeway added organic meats to its shelves, all of which is locally produced. Increasing numbers of packaged foods are being made with organic ingredients and many of them don't cost more than non-organic counterparts. However, the organic food industry still has a long uphill battle to fight. Organic agriculture is a system of production that eliminates "the use of synthetic inputs, such as synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, veterinary drugs, genetically modified seeds and breeds, preservatives, additives and irradiation," replacing them with "site-specific management practices that maintain and increase long-term soil fertility and prevent pest and diseases," (FAO "Frequently Asked Questions"). Hormones are commonly given to livestock to increase their productivity; hormones are naturally occurring biological chemicals that alter organ functions. Antibodies, proteins produced by animals and humans in response to biological invaders, are also fed to industrial livestock. Organic farmers do not use hormones or antibodies. Nor do organic produce farmers use herbicides (chemical killers of weeds), insecticides (chemical killers of bugs), or genetically modified foods (foods that have been chemically altered to meet certain criteria such as germ-resistance).

Organic food production is one thing; organic marketing is a whole other ball game, as retail outlets for organics has traditionally differed from non-organic markets. Marketing organics at one time meant hippies selling to health food stores. As organics become more affordable and more popular, though, organic marketing is also becoming much easier, and now large organic farmers are able to sell to large grocery retailers throughout the world. The boom in the organics industry…

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