Food and Culture

Food and Culture

Organic food is produced from natural farming practices that do not involve use of chemicals such as pesticides in its production a best illustration being a kitchen garden. It is food grown using natural resources such as sunlight, water and air. Below is a discussion entailing both legal and ideological concerns of a food system that has had a rapid growth.

From a legal perspective, organic food involves regulated production by the law established the best illustration being America where organic production is regulated by Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA). Legal definition sets out certifications and regulations governing production and the various accreditations awarded.

Ideological concerns talks about the peoples perspective where most people believe that food that is as a result of organic production has more health benefits, is sweeter and helps fight most diseases compared to food that is grown conventionally (Patel, R 2012)

In America, if a pesticide has to be used, it has to be researched and found to have less harmful pesticide residues that are not risky to the American population health and this is usually done by the United States Environmental Protection Agency Patel, R(2012). Though there is no zero microbiological contamination in organic food production, research finds it to have less contamination compared to inorganic food and is therefore safer, thereby being recommended by organic food movement.

According to Darwin (1991), there has been an increased demand for organic food by the American people and this is due to the perception that the food is safer and at the same time its production is does not pollute the environment. Though organic food only accounts for around 2 %to 3 % of food produced in the world, there is an increased uptake of organic food in America and its consumption is rising at rapid speed.


With increased uptake of organic food in America, this has also led to better health and has also encouraged other countries to practice organic farming especially to countries that export food products to America and this in the future will be practiced at 100%organic farming.


Patel, R. (2012). Stuffed and starved: the hidden battle for the world food system. Brooklyn, NY: Melville House Pub.


Food and culture: stage one, 13810. (1991). Darwin: Northern Territory Dept. of Education.


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