Why Vegans Shouldn’t Eat Organic Food

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The health, environmental, and ethical problems with certified organic produce.

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*References*

Veganic (a little overly concerned about hormones, but a good run-down of animal based fertilizers & vegan alternatives)

What’s Hiding in Your Organic Fertilizer?

“Superbugs”

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-drug-resistant-bacteria-travel-from-the-farm-to-your-table/

Don’t care about animals? 5 reasons you should still go vegan

Organic myths

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/science-sushi/httpblogsscientificamericancomscience-sushi20110718mythbusting-101-organic-farming-conventional-agriculture/

Comparison of organic pesticide use

https://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~lhom/organictext.html

Organic pesticides (interview)

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2011/06/18/137249264/organic-pesticides-not-an-oxymoron

Neem oil

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neem_oil#Toxicity

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3841499/

Heavy metals

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/green_room/2008/09/rusted_roots.html

Crops that have gm varieties

Which genetically engineered crops and animals are approved in the US?

Nutrient pollution

https://www.epa.gov/nutrientpollution/sources-and-solutions-agriculture

https://www.epa.gov/nutrient-policy-data/estimated-animal-agriculture-nitrogen-and-phosphorus-manure

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-07/documents/2006_8_25_msbasin_symposia_ia_session8.pdf

Yield

https://geneticliteracyproject.org/2016/08/28/organic-farming-yield-gap-sustainability-gap-new-study-argues-cooperation/

https://geneticliteracyproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Image_007.png

https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevensavage/2015/10/09/the-organic-farming-yield-gap/

Forest carbon sequestration

https://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/niacs/carbon/forests/carbon_sequestration/

Organic carbon footprint

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/21/organic-farms-carbon-footprint-climate-change

A good outline of the differences/complexity (slightly pro-organic)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/is-organic-agriculture-really-better-for-the-environment/2016/05/14/e9996dce-17be-11e6-924d-838753295f9a_story.html?utm_term=.ef05d08eaf6c

Organic vs GMO (outline of some sustainability issues)

Are organic and non-GMO farming more sustainable than farming using GMOs?

Outline of some sustainability issues

Organic vs Conventional (cost comparison)

http://www.businessinsider.com/cost-comparison-of-organic-and-regular-food-2015-8/

Organic industry sales

Organic industry sales put Monsanto’s to shame

‘Follow the money’: Why the organic industry funds anti-GMO campaigns

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