Food and Climate

Date: December 21, 2014
Subject: World Problems
                                        ESSAY 1B-FOOD AND CLIMATE
Food remains one of the most important resources in our daily life, and where it's grown, processed, and sold all take part in our daily lives. More controversy unfolds every year with the development of genetically modified organisms (GMO) and the ethical treatment of animals. But that's only scratching the surface of the food system. Climate change, fuel prices, and the economy are all indirectly effected by the agriculture business.
Most of the food you purchase probably comes from a conventional farm, and was processed in a factory and then packaged, shipped, and sold at your local grocery store. Conventional farming usually involves working with GMOs for a higher crop yield and more of a profit. However, while it may be cheaper to purchase that food, in the long run organic has more health benefits for you. Organic uses much less synthetic pesticides to grow, and this enhances the production of vitamins and antioxidants in the plant. Organi2c seems like the obvious choice, right? I've grown to not be too trustworthy of the USDA and what they supposedly label "organic" since understanding their misguiding language.
Most USDA organic certified foods aren't entirely organic. "Made with organic ingredients" can mean that only 70% of it is actually organic, and "organic" in foods with multiple ingredients is at least 95%. Many people choose to purchase from local organic farms and community supported agriculture (CSA) groups. This way, they know where their food comes from specifically and while it may be slightly more expensive, it cuts down on fuel and the environments overall exposure to Co2 by having food come from somewhere close to where they work or live, or at least come from somewhere within the same state. While some would feel that the USDA is cheating us this way, I would disagree. If the amount of actual...