Research Paper - Organic Farming

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Research Paper
Organic Farming

Introduction:

Every Sunday is Simon's grocery-shopping day. Unfortunately, he is in a bit of a dilemma while standing in the produce section of his local supermarket. In one hand, Simon is holding a conventionally grown Granny Smith apple. In his other hand, he has one that has been organically grown. Both apples look firm, shiny and green. Both provide vitamins and fiber, and both are free of fat, sodium and cholesterol.
The conventionally grown apple cost less and is a proven family favourite. But the organic apple has a label that says "USAD Organic" or "certified organic". Does that mean it is better? Safer? More nutritious? Simon is suspicious about the decision he has to make. Like many other
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Another paper published in the Journal of Applied Ecology 2001 found that organic methods to grow tomatoes can promote biodiversity while maintaining productivity. Such benefits of organic system to the environment and to the social health issue are strongly recommended while facing the huge productivity and gaining profit goal.

Current Economic Growth:

Much has been said about the economic forces affecting agriculture and what they might mean for the 21st century. The term "mass customization" has been used to describe how firms might be able to produce customized products for different market segments. As organic foods become mainstream items, they are being marketed in many different outlets. In the beginning, the organic industry was dominated by "small, on-farm processors who grew and marketed fruits and vegetables at local farmers' markets and roadside stands" (Scheel, 2004). Today, organic foods are found in traditional supermarkets, grocery stores and club stores, as well as in many restaurants and college foodservice operations (Survey of International Trade Center, 2004). The demand and consumption of organic foods particularly in North America continues to grow. In 2005, the Canadian market for organic products represents about $1 billion (CND). Also, independent Canadian grocers increased their organic produce
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