Organic Foods (Growing Green) by David Barker, PDF, 1467793914

Organic Foods (Growing Green)

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  • Title: Organic Foods (Growing Green)
  • Autor: David Barker
  • Publisher (Publication Date): Lerner Publications (March 1, 2016)
  • Language: English

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Have you and your family eaten organic foods? Maybe you’ve compared fruits and vegetables on the regular produce shelves to those in the organic food section at your local market. So what makes food organic, how is it different from the other foods at the grocery store, and why might you choose to eat organic?

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More and more we’re seeing a variety of organic foods showing up on our supermarket shelves. Many young people already know about them, but just why does everyone want them? In order to answer that question it’s necessary to take a good look at just what organic means and why so many farms are now turning to sustainable agriculture and growing organic foods. Sustainable agriculture means that farmers “want to grow food without using large amounts of energy and materials” all the while allowing agricultural workers and communities to “maintain a fair standard of living.” Sustainable farming is definitely a win-win situation for all involved. Historically “humans fed themselves by hunting animals and gathering plant foods.” Agriculture was actually invented around 12,000 years ago and you’ll learn about the ways farmers improved their farming practices over the centuries. Things such as crop rotation and “better breeding” led to an “increase in food [that] allowed for a large population increase” in the 1700s and 1800s. Farmers were always striving to improve agricultural practices, but not all were beneficial. The Green Revolution was great in that it “produced a huge increase in crop yield and production,” averting famine, but created other problems. The increased food production required fertilizers and pesticides which “require large amounts of energy to be produced, which requires the burning of fossil fuels.” A shift to conventional and sustainable farming methods could solve this dilemma in part. By working with the land we all realize that “humans must protect the environment to protect our own health and welfare.” We have experienced crises such as the 1930’s Dust Bowl as well as the near extinction of the bald eagle, a crisis brought on by the use of DDT. There has been some debate about what the word “organic” really means, but there’s no debate that more and more people want organic foods. Farmers who operated sustainable and organic farms “avoid using artificial fertilizers to soil and using pesticides to kill weeds and pest animals.” You’ll get a chance to check out their best practices and learn what it takes to produce crops and livestock sans pesticides and antibiotics. One thing that most farmers agree on is the fact that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not on the menu! In this book you’ll learn all about the organic certification, local resources for obtaining organic foods, the benefits of organic and sustainable agriculture, how we can reduce agricultural pollution, boost a healthy ecosystem, why organic foods cost more, and you’ll learn many other fascinating facts about growing green and organic foods. Do you know what “push-pull” farming methods are? How about “food deserts?” If not, you’ll know about them when you read this book! This is an excellent book for students to learn about growing green and the benefits of organic foods.  There are a wide variety of topics discussed in this book from the history of organic and sustainable food production to the challenges of these types of agricultural practices.  Many young people are very much aware of organic foods, but there are many things they don’t know about them. For example, it becomes quite clear how and why the cost of organic food is higher than non-organic. As consumers, young people do need to be informed so they can make choices for themselves. This book certainly gives them plenty of information to make those decisions now and in the future.   There are numerous informative sidebars, “Do It Yourself” and “Case In Point,” that offer up points to ponder.  For example, one encourages readers to do some price comparison of a variety of organic / non-organic produce in different marketplaces.  The layout is very appealing with full color photographs that help emphasis points made in the text.  In the back of the book is an index, a glossary, source notes, a selected bibliography, and additional recommended book and website resources to explore.  There are free downloadable, complementary resources on the publisher’s website.  GROWING GREEN Eating Local Free-Range Farming Organic Foods Urban Gardening Nonfiction Social Studies Grades:  6 – 8 This book courtesy of the publisher.

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