Problems Associated with Inorganic Food System in America
ProblemsAssociated with Inorganic Food System in America
Theuse of inorganic food in America has attracted criticism from variousscientists in the 21st century. Even though the reason for theintroduction of inorganic food was to address the problem of foodshortage, it has primarily created health related problems. Manydiseases which kill people in America have their roots in theinorganic farming system in America. The rising demand for foodconsumption in America cannot match with the real organic foodsavailable. Therefore, many farmers and industrialists have resortedto introducing inorganic food into the system. However, currentstudies reveal that there is more harm than benefits associated withinorganic food system production. Considerable percentages ofAmerican population die annually because of consumption of inorganicmeals. The purpose of the essay is to highlight the problemsassociated with inorganic farming in America, which also occur infood manufacturing industries and solutions to the inorganic farming.The uses of inorganic foods contribute to high rate of health relatedproblems in the United States of America.
Definitionof the Problem
Ithas become very clear that inorganic farming which dominated part of20th and 21st century does not support environmental sustainability.It is a major cause of environmental pollution because it addsimpurities in the soil and water bodies. The impurities are dangerousbecause they can cause negative health and safety effects in theanimal and plant ecosystem. Most of the impurities are chemicals thatare non-biodegradable. The chemicals, therefore, remain in the soil,water bodies, and food preparation environments for many years. Theuse of exhaustible fertilizers at one point will not satisfy thedemand of farming (Bowler7). The increase in the farming and food production processes outweighsthe supply of the exhaustible fertilizers. Unlike organic foodproductions which use natural processes to develop foods substance,inorganic food production entails the engagement of syntheticmaterials which include fertilizers and chemicals. Although there isno concrete evidence to claim that inorganic foods are dangerous tothe human health, many experts have raised concern on geneticallymodified organisms.
Similarly,the use of chemicals in the agricultural system may increase cases ofcancer prevalence in the United States of America. Major foodproduction industries, as well as large-scale farming, rely heavilyon the use of chemical and fertilizers to enhance crop and livestockproduction (Bowler 7). Plants and animals products which are generated through inorganicfarming mature rapidly, and the yields are very attractive to theconsumers. However, the underlying mechanisms which lead to rapidgrowth have not been explored extensively. Many farmers use inorganicfertilizers which not only affect the soil but also have ripplingeffects on other organisms in the environment.
Causesof Inorganic Farming
Currently,one farmer in North America produces enough food to feed eightypeople, a figure five times what the same farmer used to generatefifty years ago. The reason for the high increase in food productionis because of inorganic farming (Bowles254).Theconsumption rate of the American population has grown up considerablyover the last five decades. Therefore, to keep a steady supply ofagricultural products to the market, many farmers have adaptedinorganic techniques of farming. It is very efficient to practiceinorganic farming since the production rate is high. Additionally, ittakes shorter duration for the organism under the inorganic farmingto mature up.
Again,there has been no indication of substantive warning against anyharmful effects of the inorganic products to the body because manystudies are still ongoing. So, farmers and industrialists in the 20thand 21st century have never received any active discouragementconcerning the development and use of inorganic food substance(Lawler 7496).Similarly, the present generation prefers readymade foods which mayconsume less time to cook.
Further,the evolving nature of pests and other destructive organisms onanimals and crops is compelling farmers in the 21st century to useimproved methods of farming. It is, through inorganic farming thatthe farmer can keep environmentally adaptable organism to enhanceproduction (Wang7518).Nevertheless, inorganic farming has contributed several healthhazards which affect not only the human race but also the lives ofother organisms.
Effectsof Inorganic Farming
Oflate, women give birth to infants with very complex health conditionswhich never occurred in the previous generations. Equally, themethods which many farmers use to control pests have similarlycontributed to environmental degradation. For instance, many farmersin the USA apply pesticides as one of the means of controlling croppests (Gundert-Remy2223).However, the use of insecticides and pesticides generate chemicalsinto the environment. The result is that the systems of theseinorganic methods of farming are not environmentally sustainable.Again, inorganic farming embraces the technology of genemodification. Many people without adequate knowledge consumegenetically modified organisms(Oberoi, Aaron and Felicia 1307). Thoughopponents of genetically modified organisms have raised concern overthe health issues associated with such products, its proponents andthe United States government have not taken any serious action.
Researchshows that organic foods have more nutrients than non-organic foods.However, consumers usually get more of the inorganic foods in themarket. It is very economical to produce a significant amount ofinorganic foods for consumption as compared to organic substances.The natural methods of farming used in the crop, as well as animalproduction, take longer before the products are ready for the market.But since inorganic methods used in agriculture involve heavy use ofchemicals and manipulation of the environment, the produce exposeconsumers to high risks of contracting diseases (Wang7516). Additionally,the inorganic farms produce more waste to the environment besides theenormous amount of energy utilized in the inorganic industries orfarms.
Sinceinorganic agricultural and industrial products have a higher amountof sugar content as well as other chemicals, it has become verychallenging for consumers to eat healthily. Additives used inindustries to preserve inorganic produce have unknown effects on thehuman body. Extensive research requires longer duration to ascertainthe side effects of chemicals used in inorganic farming (Lawler7493).However, the existing firms which produce inorganic substances lackthe will and interest to engage in health and safety investigations.The fear is that any study might provide a damaging report about thecompany hence reduction in profit.
Solutionto Inorganic Farming
TheUnited States America government, through various state agencies, hasfrequently embarked on agricultural farming techniques which improvesoil fertility and support organism diversity. Therefore, it iscritical for farmers in the United States of America to reduce theuse of synthetic fertilizers. Preferably, the use of bone-meal,compost manure, and green manure can reduce the hazards associatedwith chemical fertilizers (Bowles253).Moreover, the use of biological methods to control pests is verysignificant in addressing challenges which characterize inorganicfarming. Furthermore, it is critical to compel all industries toindicate the percentage of each additive and preservatives used ininorganic foods that they sell to the customers.
Likewise,consumers need to get the nutritional content of all the inorganicfood products available in the market. The knowledge of components ofinorganic products enables consumers to make wise choices regardingwhich goods they can purchase (Gundert-Remy2226)consequently, universities and other research organizations need tocarry continuous study on the effects of genetically modifiedorganisms. It is only safe to consume inorganic substances once theinvestigations confirm that the products are not dangerous to thebody. Possibly, inorganic products should attract more tax so thatmany farmers can opt to practice organic farming.
Thereis urgent need to advocate for sustainable agriculture. Soilinfertility and lack of diversity in the environment whichcharacterizes inorganic farming in the USA is not appropriate.Significantly, it is necessary to educate the general public on thedangers associated with inorganic methods of food production.Although food insecurity is still a threat to many households, therisks which inorganic farming exposes consumers to is beyondreproach. Again it is important to point out that one of the leadingcauses of chronic illness in the United States of America is theconsumption of foods which are rich in chemical substances.Consumers, therefore, should choose wisely the food products they eatso as to minimize the exposure to toxic or harmful substances.
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