Environmentalists: what food do you eat: organic food, ordinary food, or genetically modified food?
Topic: Environmentalists: what food do you eat: organic food, ordinary food, or genetically modified food?
November 21, 2019 / By Flower Question:
Organic farming does not use fertilizers, or pesticides, and relies on hard manual labor of illegal immigrants. Yields are low and more arable land is needed to feed 7 billion world population.
Growing ordinary food produces more food per acre of land, land usage grows at the same rate as population.
Genetically modified crops are designed to resist pests and yield more harvest. Less arable land saves steppes and forests as habitats for endangered species.
Which kind of food do you feed to your children?
Best Answers: Environmentalists: what food do you eat: organic food, ordinary food, or genetically modified food?
Dandrane | 10 days ago
I eat regular food. I feed my kids regular food. I will eat a big fat greasy American cheeseburger with extra cheese on it and fries next to it. I eat pizza. I'll eat whatever, I don't care how high my cholesterol goes. To hell with being an organic freak.
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Originally Answered: Do you have a problem buying genetically modified/ frozen/ packaged / or chemically preserved food?
All good things to be aware of. Our food supply is our most important (though often overlooked) source of well being. People should take more care to learn about the foods they eat.
The aspartame concern I can speak to with anecdotal experience, as I used to chew a lot of sugar-free gum. After I stopped, some of my problems with vision and sleep came to a halt. I've not found a lot of documented research that proves it's danger beyond a doubt, but my own experience indicates that it's possible to have a sensitivity to the chemical. As with anything - moderation or avoidance are probably the safest courses of action if you're concerned.
I'm not sure I buy your last point, that sounds a bit like a conspiracy theory. I'd bet the use of cheap fertilizer is more a function of economic forces than desire for mass murder and population control. Usually when mass fertility problems pop up, there will be a considerable public reaction to the problem. Think about X-Rays, Chernobyl, and teratogens like thalidomide and agent orange. They don't just "sneak under the radar" of entire populations. Even the questionable scare over Bisphenol A (an endocrine modulator) in plastic bottles stirred up our legislative bodies and NGOs. If empirical evidence exists to prove the danger of something in our food, steps will be taken to improve food safety. The system isn't perfect, but it's pretty strict regarding adulterants and additives.
As far as organics go - Here's my advice:
If you can afford organic, or grow your own - Go For It! It's much better on the land and more sustainable. Organic growers must adhere to higher standards, and the higher prices keep farming local. The health benefits are nominal though, simply because at a macro-nutrient level, organics ar no different than non-organics. Vitamins and minerals in produce may vary slightly, but biochemically speaking, it isn't significant.
If you can't afford it, focus on whole foods and avoid processed goods. You can be very healthy by simply eating more whole fruits, vegetables, legumes, and lean protein sources while avoiding boxed snack foods. The organic nature of food won't help in this regard - It's a lifestyle choice, not a matter of food origin.
Wow you have a lot of misinformation in your statement. It;'s like you went to the Hudson institution site and used their ideas.
Organic farming does use fertilizers such as rock powders, compost, manures (conventional farms use a lot of raw manure but unlike organic farms it is not regulated at all so can be used any time right up until harvest), green manures, etc.. The very basis for good organic farm management is based on growing healthy soil. It is true that organic farms do not use salt based fertilizers that do nothing for soil health. The illegal immigrants are more often used on conventionally manage farms, no organic. yields on organic farms for grains are about the same as conventional except in drought conditions when organic farms tend to yield 50% more than conventional according to the Rodale Institute that has been doing a side by side study of organic corn and soy vs conventional corn and soy over the past 25 years. When we talk about divers organic farms growing grains, livestock and produce yields are around 10x more than conventional farms doing mono cropping (which is around 99% of the conventional farms in N America).
growing "ordinary" (you mean conventional) food does not take less land than organic. there is zero proof of this other than unsubstantiated claims by Dennis and Alex Avery of the Hudson institute
GMO crops are designed to do a lot of things and have failed in almost every case. They have been proven not to yield more than conventional grain crops. they use more not less herbicides as more and more weeds become "superweeds" (i.e. weeds resistant to glysophate). in Indai the Bt cotton crop is so bad that thousands of Indian farmers have committed suicide because the crops failed and the fact they had to buy expensive seeds and herbicides bankrupted them. I also like the fact that Monsanto takes farmers to court who save seed, something farmer have been doing for many millenia. but Monsanto says no to saving their seed and uses strong arm tactics to stop farmers see may 2008 issue of Vanity Fair.
Also know that until recently, no controlled feeding studies were ever done with GMO foods and humans. Now there are some peer reviewed studies coming out that say eating GMO's will kill fertility. Of course if you think there are too many humans ion the planet this is a good thing as GMO's will shrink the human population on the planet.
ordinary farming is based on cheap and plentiful petroleum to create fertilizers, pesticides what happens to Green Revolution style agriculture when the oil runs out? How do we feed ourselves than?
I feed my family organic and locally grown food and do so knowing it is far healthier for us and the planet than conventionally raised and genetically modified foods.
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Actually, lots of organic farms do NOT use illegals. Do you have a source for this? It is better for workers AND consumers to do as much organic, and LOCAL when possible, as they can afford.
I don't think you've kept up on organic production. General Mills is the biggest producer of it in the country, and WalMart is the biggest large buyer.
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I buy my meat at a local butcher shop which slaughters it's own meat, and I buy my vegetables at a local market from farmers who grow the crops themselves locally, or I grow them myself.
Eggs, milk, butter and other staples are bought at a chain store, and specialty items such as Korean or Mexican are bought at a tiny little store off of a college campus which imports them.
These decisions aren't based Enviromental factors, but rather in supporting local businesses and communities as much as I can.
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Who cares? If Bush is for feeding the poor, I'm against it.
"Lawmakers this year failed to pass President George W. Bush’s January proposal to buy food closer to starving people rather than shipping American produce. "
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Lots of good corn fed steroid free venison.
I help the environment by thinning the herd and helping reduce deaths due to disease and starvation.
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I eat crap food because I make $12,000 a year. One day I shall eat healthier but for now give me back my Easy Mac!
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Originally Answered: Vegans: While I think its great you guys like organic food, why do you want all food to be organic?
I eat organic because I want there to be usable farm land to grow the crops my children eat.
Organic is not a luxury, organic is the way we need to begin growing more of our food if we wish there to be farm land in the decades and centuries to come.
Your argument does not hold any water and this is why.
GM crow, although in the short term to increase yeilds they do not allow adequite time from the undergrowth and dead growth to fully decompose before the next crop reaches maturity. The end result of this is that the very thin layer of top soils is deleted quickly, resulting in land which is no longer suitable to grow anything on after a few growing seasons.
Another reason why GM crops are bad is because the choke out native species. Having no natural predators these crops grow unopposed, this means that once they are introduced they will continue to grow and grow, unopposed will choke out native plants, which will choke out native insects and animal. This is a piss poor idea because all those bugs and animals are an integral part of producing more top soil. All Agriculture is Dependant upon good top soil and good top soils depends on three things - dead plants, insects and animals and all of the nitrogen rich matter they produce.
GM crops also allow us to use herbacides and pesticides, which get into ground water. I don't think I need to explain why pouring neurotoxins into ground water is a bad idea.
Did you know that 70% - yes 70% of the farm land in America is used to grow crops, not to feed us, not to feed starving children in third world nations. It goes to feeding Cows. Cows eat 44 LBS of (20KG) grain per day. They are taken to slaughter at around i year maturity. So in that time that Heifer will have eaten just over 16000 pounds of grain. Each cow will yield about 500 pounds of meat which we consume. So that one pound burger you are eating is actually 32 LBS of grain.
Also around 40% of the produce grown is actually thrown out, not because it is bad, but because it does not look "perfect". If you have ever grown your own food you will know that a 2 pronged cucumber, a tomato that looks like it has a tumor, or even the odd conjoined fruit is pretty par for the course, however you will never, ever see those on a market shelf.
So I eat the way I do, because it is sustainable. Organic means that the precious soil is being taken care of. The ground water which is needed to continue to feed future crops is clean, the plants that I am eating are also feeding the local bugs and animals which are needed to continue the circle of life.
If we condensed all our agriculture into high density operations as you are suggesting we would rapidly deplete all of the remaining land we have which is suitable to grow crops on.