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S., ” unlike the hormones used to speed growth in meat production, which “may be linked to breast cancer in women” (Foreman 2008:2).

Most studies have shown little difference between conventionally grown and organic produce, in terms of human health. However, one longitudinal, ten-year study by the University of California, Davis, compared the same strain of tomatoes grown with pesticides on conventional soil “right next to the same strain grown on soil that was certified organic. All plants were subject to the same weather, irrigation, and harvesting conditionsOrganic tomatoes had more vitamin C and health-promoting antioxidants, specifically flavonoids called quercitin and kaemperfol – although researchers noted that year-to-year nutrient content can vary in both conventional and organic plants” (Foreman 2008:2).

Conclusion

There is compelling, albeit limited evidence that selecting organic meat and produce, and paying a few pennies more at the supermarket can have a demonstrable improvement upon human health. While more research still needs to be done to assess the extent of the impact upon health and the environment by switching to organic, particularly with produce, there is growing evidence that the types of hormones used in conventional animal production can interfere with humans as well as animals physical homeostasis and the use of intensive antibiotics may present the risk of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the future.

However, for truly cruelty-free meat, humanely raised chickens must be sought out, on local farms. Regarding produce, to reduce ones transportation carbon footprint, locally-raised as well as organically raised produce must be preferred.

References

Foreman, Judy. (2008, November 10). Comparing apples to organic apples

The Boston Globe. Retrieved February 10, 2011 at http://www.boston.com/news/science/articles/2008/11/10/comparing_apples_to_organic_apples/?page=2

Gold, Mary V. (2007, June). Organic production. Alternative Farming Systems Information.

Center. NAL (Natural Agricultural Library). USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture).

Retrieved February 10, 2011 at http://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/pubs/ofp/ofp.shtml

Speier, Susanna. (2009, February 18). Choosing cruelty free. Examiner. Retrieved February 10,

2011 at http://www.examiner.com/sustainable-city-in-denver/choosing-cruelty-free-chicken-eggs-a-state-that-does-not-regulate

Williams, Erin. (2010, November). Humanely raised: Challenging Perdues claims.

The American Humane Society. Retrieved February 10, 2011 at http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2010/11/perdue_labels_112910.html.

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