The Pros And Cons Of Organic Foods

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What is better, organic food or genetically modified organisms (hereafter referred to as GMO’s)? Despite the popularity, GMO’s have been picking up pace because of their versatile properties, the disadvantages supersede the advantages and even though organic food production/cultivating isn't without its downsides, it is proven to be less detrimental to human health and the environment in the long term. In this paper, I will compare and contrast the drawbacks and benefits of using both purely organic and genetically modified foods, drawing from studies concluded both against and in favor of both, concluding to the above mentioned. Organic food, cited in Lewin (2013), is defined by The Department for Agriculture and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to be: ‘the product of a farming system which avoids the use of man-made fertilizers, pesticides; growth regulators and livestock feed additives. Organic agriculture is a systems approach to production that is working towards environmentally, socially and economically sustainable production. Instead, the agricultural systems rely on crop rotation, animal and plant manures, some hand weeding and biological pest control’. In contrast, GMO’s are defined, according to the World Health Organization (2014),…show more content…
For improvements in product quality and productivity GMO’s have been greatly developed over the last few decades. Numerous environmentalists are worried about the conceivable impacts of GM crops on the earth and human wellbeing. In any case, there is ever growing backing for GM foods among individuals who trust that it might have both ecological and medical advantages, and additionally aid to reduce world hunger, as according to a study by Professor C. S. Prakash, ‘Benefits of Biotechnology for Developing Countries’, the number of malnourished people worldwide could go beyond one billion by 2020.

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