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The paper examines the literature that reveals a multitude of perspectives on the organic farming industry. The paper highlights both the arguments that are in favor and those that are against organic farming and its practices.
From the Paper:"The text by Wellson (2006) is a suitable starting point as it provides a general overview of the subject. Identifying organic food industries as a growing consumer interest, Wellson takes an essentially positive perspective on the subject, describing organic foods as offering consumers a way of controlling the content of that which they consume. This overview also demonstrates that organic farming is a substantial business today, even to the extent that it undermines some of the preconceptions which consumers hold of organic farming.
"Namely, many disassociate organic farming from large corporate agricultural operations, but an article by Pollan (2006) reveals that organic farming is not the independent business context it once was. Indeed, he denotes that "large-scale organic businesses, which have bought up successful small organic producers, follow the logic of industry, 'the tremendous gains in efficiency to be had when the irregularity of nature can conform to the precision and control of a machine.'" (Pollan, 123) The Pollan article reveals that organic farming is big-business and that many of its farming practices, though not chemically or mechanically intervened, may not constitute ethical treatment of animals by the perspective of many consumers."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Badgley, C.; Moghtader, J.; Quintero, E.; Zakem, E.; Chappell, M.J.; Aviles-Vazquez, K.; Samulon, A. & Pefecto, I. (2007). Organic Agriculture and the Global Food Supply. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 22, 86-108.
- Bengtsson, J.; Ahnstrom, J. & Weibull, A. (2005). The effects of organic agriculture on biodiversity and abudance: a meta-analysis. Journal of Applied Ecology, 42, 261-269.
- Dimitri, C. & Greene, C. (2002). Recent Growth Patterns in the U.S. Organic Foods Market. Agriculture Information Bulletin, No. AIB777.
- Goldberg, R. (2000). The Hypocrisy of Organic Farmers. AgBioWorld. Online at http://www.agbioworld.org/biotech-info/articles/biotech-art/hypocrisy.html
- Hole, D.G.; Perkins, A.J.; Wilson, J.D.; Alexander, I.H.; Grice, P.V. & Evans, A.D. (2004). Does organic farming benefit biodiversity. Biological Conservation, 122(1), 113-130.
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