Organic Agriculture

Protecting Our Food Supply or Chasing Imaginary Risks?

From the Series USA TODAY's Debate: Voices and Perspectives

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 9

Once embraced only by environmentalists and “health nuts,” the organic agriculture movement is flourishing in the United States. With this popularity has come a heated national debate. Supporters of organic farming are concerned about the use of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, antibiotics, growth-hormones, and genetic modification in traditional agriculture. They favor natural farming practices, which they believe produce healthier food, as well as being safer for the environment and more humane to livestock.

Defenders of conventional agriculturists question the health benefits and financial costs of organic foods. They also worry that organic agriculture cannot feed the world’s growing population.

To make sense of this debate, Organic Agriculture takes a hard look at statistics, legislation, and expert opinions from both sides of the issue. It asks tough questions such as:
• Does conventional agriculture endanger the environment and human health?
• What are the benefits and drawbacks of genetically modified crops and livestock?
• Are organic methods of raising livestock more humane?
• Is organic food safer and more nutritious than conventionally grown food?
• What are the pros and cons of labeling certified organic products?

To answer these questions, this book examines the history of the organic movement. It provides a variety of studies, reporting, and opinions from scientists, farmers, activists, agribusiness leaders, journalists, consumer groups, and ordinary Americans. Supplemented with quotes, anecdotes, and discussions from the pages of USA TODAY, The Nation’s No. 1 Newspaper, this book will broaden your understanding of all sides of the issue and help you form your own opinion, either for or against organic agriculture.

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 9
Genre Social Studies, Young Adult
Copyright 2012
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 128
Publication Date 2011-08-01
BISACS YAN051000, YAN050080
Dewey 631.5'84
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6 x 8.5
Features Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Photo captions, Sidebars, Source notes, and Timeline

Author: Jack L. Roberts

Jack L. Roberts is the author of more than a dozen biographies for children and young adults. For more than 30 years he was an editor and writer at Children's Television Workshop (producer of Sesame Street and The Electric Company) and Scholastic, Inc. More recently, he has written several science kits for Teacher Created Materials' Discovering Science Through Inquiry series, including kits on Rocks and Minerals, Biomes and Ecosystems, and Earth and Space Science. Jack divides his time between Key West, Florida, and West Hollywood, California.