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Organic Products

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Started: 5/7/2013 Category: Health
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chemistry.pirates

Con

My chemistry class is starting debates. My debate is on Organic Porducts. Although everyone in my group is for organic products, I was voted to go on the con side. I need more con ideas for my dabate. PLEASE HELP
WilliamofOckham

Pro

1. Organic products meet stringent standards

Organic certification is the public"s assurance that products have been grown and handled according to strict procedures without persistent toxic chemical inputs.

2. Organic food tastes great!

It"s common sense " well-balanced soils produce strong, healthy plants that become nourishing food for people and animals.

3. Organic production reduces health risks

Many EPA-approved pesticides were registered long before extensive research linked these chemicals to cancer and other diseases. Organic agriculture is one way to prevent any more of these chemicals from getting into the air, earth and water that sustain us. Also, do we really want hormones with our calcium? Or antibiotics in our chicken thighs? As Food Inc. so graphically showed us, 80 percent of antibiotics used in the US today are used by the meat and poultry industries to accelerate animal growth and avoid diseases in crowded environments. Organic agriculture eschews such additives in favor of alternative conditions in raising animals. Why do we need to ingest pesticides? Pesticides used in industrial agriculture may fall below the EPA standard, but those standards are also set by corporate lobbyists on behalf of big agribusiness. Concerns about pesticides range from increased allergies and illnesses, to the rise of "super bugs." In fact, the same Stanford study that raised such a ruckus about nutritional values also concluded that, "Consumption of organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria."

4. Organic farms respect our water resources

The elimination of polluting chemicals and nitrogen leaching, done in combination with soil building, protects and conserves water resources. Runoff from Iowa"s pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides flows down the Mississippi River and into the Gulf of Mexico. There, they produce algae blooms, which take oxygen out of the water. Such activity results in aptly named "dead zones" where fish and other aquatic life cannot survive.

5. Organic farmers build healthy soil

Soil is the foundation of the food chain. The primary focus of organic farming is to use practices that build healthy soils.

6. Organic farmers work in harmony with nature

Organic agricultural respects the balance demanded of a healthy ecosystem: wildlife is encouraged by including forage crops in rotation and by retaining fence rows, wetlands, and other natural areas. While not all organic farms are the same, by and large they replace key elements to the soil naturally. Industrial farming, on the other hand, saps nutrients from the soil, thus requiring increasing amounts of fertilizers or other additives to maintain yield year after year. And year after year, the soil erodes. This "rinse and repeat" cycle leaves us with infertile soil, heaps of chemicals and mounting pollution.

7. Organic producers are leaders in innovative research

Organic farmers have led the way, largely at their own expense, with innovative on-farm research aimed at reducing pesticide use and minimizing agriculture"s impact on the environment.

8. Organic producers strive to preserve diversity

The loss of a large variety of species (biodiversity) is one of the most pressing environmental concerns. The good news is that many organic farmers and gardeners have been collecting and preserving seeds, and growing unusual varieties for decades.

9. Organic farming helps keep rural communities healthy

USDA reported that in 1997, half of U.S. farm production came from only 2% of farms. Organic agriculture can be a lifeline for small farms because it offers an alternative market where sellers can command fair prices for crops. Farm workers engaged in industrial fields, spraying chemicals or harvesting pesticide-laced vegetables suffer certain cancers and other diseases at far higher levels than average. Whether or not consumers ingest these pesticides at levels high enough to cause harm, the fact that workers face serious maladies to produce our food raises alarm.

10. Organic abundance " Foods and non-foods alike!

Now every food category has an organic alternative. And non-food agricultural products are being grown organically " even cotton, which most experts felt could not be grown this way.

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Debate Round No. 1
chemistry.pirates

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WilliamofOckham

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Extend my arguments, I guess.
Debate Round No. 2
chemistry.pirates

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WilliamofOckham

Pro

Ok. Are you going to post your arguments?
Debate Round No. 3
chemistry.pirates

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WilliamofOckham

Pro

What was the point of this?
Debate Round No. 4
chemistry.pirates

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WilliamofOckham

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Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by Ragnar 4 years ago
Ragnar
The very word organic often has little meaning, so it causes a false sense of security in exchange for an overly inflated price tag.
Posted by RoyLatham 4 years ago
RoyLatham
Here are some Con arguments:

1) There is no scientific evidence at organic products are safer or more nutritious then conventionally farmed products. http://www.reuters.com...

Claims of safety and superiority are "arguments from incredulity." People simply say that bioengineered and treated products are not proved safe, but offer no evidence they are unsafe. The government systematically tests food products and finds nothing wrong with conventionally farmed food.

2) Organic food has a problem with contamination from e coli. http://www.science20.com... Manure is all natural and full of e coli. Also, organic food is subject to all kinds of pests, like worms in corn. http://www.ent.iastate.edu... Worms may be completely organic, but people don't want to eat them.

3) Organic food is expensive. http://www.foxnews.com... Poor people cannot afford it, and people who can afford have to scrimp on other important things.

4) The world food supply depends critically on modern intensive agriculture. Attempting to use only organic methods would result in millions starving. http://seattletimes.com...

You should do more web searches in these subject areas. Look for evidence and for the counter arguments. New debaters rarely do enough to for evidence, so it pays to work at it.
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