Misconceptions About Agriculture: Animals Grown In Organic Systems Are Healthier

With the new wave of organic foods to hit the market for consumers to make the decision as to whether to buy them or not. People tend to believe that now because organic products are the next big and new things, they must be the healthiest and best for you. As it actually turns out this isn’t the case, just because something organic it doesn’t mean that it is a healthier alternative, the reason for this is because of the fact that people also believe that the animals grown in these systems are healthier when they are actually not. We are going to look at the health of these animals and see if it really is true that these animals are healthier, or if that is a myth.

Off the bat I reference animalsmart.org which speaks on this topic, “Based on analysis of farm conditions, a 2001 study predicted that almost 100 percent of organic chicken flocks in Sweden could be infected with Campylobacter bacteria, compared with only 10 percent in conventionally raised flocks. Another often cited example is the increase in intestinal diseases in turkeys and broiler chickens when Denmark ceased using antibiotics as growth promotants.” (www.animalsmart.org, 2014) With this said, our original question is answered unanimously, animals raised in organic systems are actually nowhere near as healthy as those raised in conventional systems.

The same website also states this, “In the United States, an increase in pathogens could also be related to the requirement that organic animals have access to the outdoors. In some cases, time outdoors is not beneficial. Poultry raised outdoors are at higher risk of predation and can catch avian influenza from wild birds. The USDA reports that pigs raised in outdoor systems are at higher risk of food-borne parasites. Pathogens in live animals can make their way to the market. A 2005 analysis of chicken for sale in Maryland supermarkets showed that 66 percent of organic samples were contaminated with Salmonella, compared with 44 percent in conventionally raised chicken samples.” (www.animalsmart.org, 2014) As far as this factual information goes its very obvious as to whether these animals raised in organic systems are healthier or not, they aren’t. So there you have it, another popular misconception about agriculture, debunked.

Source: http://animalsmart.org/animals-and-the-environment/organic-farming/misconceptions-about-organic-foods

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