Sunday, December 4, 2016

Buying Organic vs Conventional Food

A recent video has emerged claiming that the farming required to produce organic foods causes more greenhouse gases then that of conventional farm raised food. This is a result of organic farms producing less product requiring more land to be used for farming. This means occupying more land that could be used to host wildlife and natural habitats. Because this land is so immense the energy required to harvest these foods causes more greenhouse gas emissions. The video describes more information about genetically modified farms versus organic farms. The video can be seen here:

An older article back in 2012 from the Washington Post, also tackled this issue of conventional versus organic farms. The article looks at meta-analysis of the amount of product produced from organic farms versus conventional. The analysis found that organic fruits such as tomatoes had no difference in yield compared to that of conventional foods. It also analyzed organic canola and sunflower seeds finding that there was no difference in the amount of product compared to conventional. According to the analysis however, some conventional vegetable and grain farms did produce more compared to organic farms.

The article does admit that meta-analysis is not a perfect way to study results as it is a compilation of multiple studies. These studies also do not mention some of the other aspects that could result in less product such as pH balance and nitrogen levels. This is something the video fails to discuss.

The article can be viewed here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/the-environmental-footprint-of-organic-vs-conventional-food/2012/09/14/40b16582-fb65-11e1-b2af-1f7d12fe907a_story.html?utm_term=.73f9fc7133ae

What do you think? Will you buy organic or conventional? Perhaps you will do more research and formulate what you think is better for the environment. Remember, reduce, reuse, recycle.

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