The Definition of Organic Foods Should Be Redefined Essay

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Organic versus non-organic foods are always being debated to whether they are worth the extra cost. This seems to be an easy question, at first, but begs a more in-depth analysis to come to a conclusion. Organic definitions can vary by government, company and even individuals. Many people have their own ideas of what organic means. My personal definition, before this research assignment, was that organic products were grown with no pesticides, chemical additives, or preservatives and grown in a humane way. Meaning that if it said 100% organic, that is what was meant. This however, is not the case when it comes to the government’s definition of organic, according to T. A. Niewold who wrote, “Organic More Healthy; Green Shoots in a …show more content…
If these claims prove to be true, as some research suggests, then this may be well worth the cost if one can afford them. In the case of the meat we eat, how do we know that it is truly organic (hence the necessity for a more strict definition), and why do we even need it to be? There are several reasons for us to eat organic meat, depending on what the definition ultimately ends up being. One reason to eat organic meat is the fact of the spread of Bovine spongiform encephalopathy or what is more commonly known as Mad Cow Disease. There is a human form of this disease called New Variant Creutzfeldt - Jakob disease (NCJD). This disease was first brought to light in the 1990’s in Europe by the discovery of link between these two diseases (Freudenrich, 3). If one had lived in Europe in the early 90’s, for at least six months, (as my family and I did) they may have been exposed to this disease. In the past, cows (who are naturally herbivores) were fed remnants of dead and dying sheep. Sheep that possibly had the disease called, “Scrapie” which is similar to BSE, and could explain the reason for the infection to have started in cows, eventually jumping to humans (Freudenrich, 6). The theory of how this disease came about varies, but one of the most prevalent relates to a protein called a “prion”. These prions are allowed access to the

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