Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Difference Between "Organic" and "Natural"

The way society categorizes unique foods into natural and organic proves the naivity of the very way people think about the food industry. Concern revolving healthy foods have been drawn from as early as the early 1900s when Upton Sinclair wrote and published The Jungle, which  described the very unsanitary environment of the meat-packing industry. Theodore Roosevelt, who was interested in Sinclair’s work, took legal actions and developed policies for sanitation, such as the Pure Food and Drug Act. Although society proceeds in labeling different food products as “natural,” the government should not focus on such issues regarding the regulation of the term's usage because all food is natural. In other words, components used to make “organic” food are all derived from earth.
Society itself is finding it difficult to distinguish between the two terms "organic" and "natural"  because it had once decided to link such words with food. Saying that a hamburger is not "natural" is very tantamount to saying that paper is not made from trees. Robert Lustig, endocrinologist and member of the Institute for Health Policies, encourages the Food and Drug Administration to define the term. In one part of his article, Lustig explains that even ingredients such as high-fructose corn syrup "came from corn that is technically "natural" - but the finished product was made in a lab." Although corn gets added with other products that are also digestible, it does not mean that the product as a whole becomes "unnatural." This is goes with the process of including sugar aswell.
G.M.O’s or Genetically Modified Organisms tend to receive a rather deleterious rap for the way they are grown more than any other products that society deems to be “organic.” According Doug van Hoewyk, an associate professor at Coastal Carolina University, claims in his aricle, “Calling GMO’s Unnatural Suggests They Are Unhealthy” claims that several scientific associations have “attested to the safety of GMO crops” as there is scientific evidence that suggests that they are not harmful for consumption. Although some people could argue that this process is “unnatural,” this process is “natural” as it only uses technology as a catalyst. Reasons to omit the word “natural” from various products include the fact G.M.Os are innocuous when ingested as Hoewyk claims through his research and the very process of genetic food engineering utilizes a miniscule part of a specific crop to begin the process.The process of genetically growing a crop should not be faced with much controversy as it is also homogenous to the very way crops grow by themselves.
Society obtains the misconception that everything that is said to be "unnatural" is deleterious; however, does not matter as everything is in actuality natural. A definition for "natural" can never be established, even if the F.D.A becomes involved because what the media writes and conveys about different foods and their effects. It is also because every component is "natural" nevertheless of the preservatives added.

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