Mock 2007 Pre-release Session 7

Study Resource 16

This resource is about the benefits of organic farming and produce. Using the resource, write down a list reasons why a consumer may choose local organic produce.

Then continue reading the post below and compare your thoughts to mine. 🙂

What are the advantages of organic produce to the consumer?

You could have suggested a number of ideas

  • Organic farming uses no artificial chemicals as pesticides, fertilisers and herbicides.
  • As a result, its supporters suggest that produce from organic farms do not contain residues from the chemicals, that may be potentially dangerous to human health. Food is safe from non-organic farms, but supporters have suggested that potentially someone could be ingesting a daily cocktail of residues, which could in the long-term damage health.
  • Supporters also argue that because chemicals aren’t used in production, the products have a better taste and more natural appearance ( it comes as a shock when you first see organic mushy peas and they aren’t bright green.).
  • Supporters may also say that by buying organic produce you are supporting a more natural way of farming, which aids the environment. Organic farms tend to have a higher biodiversity, because they use natural methods of pest control, artificial chemicals may run off and affect other plant and animal species.
  • Supporters also suggest that by buying local organic products you are not only helping to support local farmers, but you are reducing your carbon footprint. Artificial chemicals require carbon in their production, you are also reducing the distance your food has to travel.
  • Supporters of organic meat would also suggest that you are supporting a more humane process of production, animals may be free-range. Supporters argue that these more humane conditions, and the ‘stress-free’ slaughter processes, enhance the quality and taste of the end product.
  • Organic produce can not be genetically modified, which has been a major concern for consumers, so called ‘Frankenstein foods’. It is not yet known what the impact on human health and the environment may be of cultivating such products.
  • Because the regulation of organic products is strict within the U.K., you could in theory trace your food, especially if it’s local in its origin.

Have I missed anything?

Of course, all these ideas would be great marketing if you wished to sell your organic products to a local company…

The organic market is still relatively small or ‘niche‘, overproduction hasn’t lead to falling prices, so farmers can demand a higher price than non-organic products.

If you owned a restaurant you would have to pass this increased overhead to your customers, but carefully marketed, I’m sure ethical consumers wouldn’t mind this…  🙂

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4 Comments

  1. Posted November 25, 2007 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    I totally agree with organic claims. We try to buy as much of our household food organically as possible

  2. Posted November 25, 2007 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    I tend to buy organic as much as possible, problem is that much of it is imported, good for supporting LEDC farmers, not good for the carbon footprint. It has been suggested that organic food that is imported might lose its status.

  3. Posted November 25, 2007 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    I suppose that sounds reasonable. We use local farm shops as well, I think its well worth the slightly inflated cost. I’ve got to do something to balance all of my flights which I am not giving up!!! So buying local is great. I’d imagine there are few farm shops in the city centre!!!

  4. Posted November 25, 2007 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    Lots of people still use allotments in the St.Anns and Sneinton area, they are in demand and their is a waiting list.

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