Annotated Bib Peer Review Rachel Modrow

My topic is "Are organic foods better for you?". I think that both of these articles were good at explaining organic foods. I hope I did the assignment right, I think for the most part I did but just let me know if there is anything I should change or what is good about them. Thank you so much! -Rachel

Olivia Knutson Peer Review- The content is good and you summarize the articles well.
The only suggestion I have is I think we are supposed to write a paragraph going over the bullet points on the CRAAP test explaining why the source is reliable. And maybe you could say something in the reflection about what the article showed you or what your take on the article was. Just suggestions though. They look good. ~Olivia Knutson

Allison Morrow
I agree with Olivia about the CRAAP Test I would go more indepth about how it passes it or what makes it a reliable source. I liked how you summerized each of the sources. I would just provide more in your reflection and if it is a reliable source. But overall they look really good!
Allison Morrow

Mayo Clinic Staff. "Organic Foods: Are They Safer? More Nutritious?"

The article from the mayo clinic helps the reader understand what organic foods are and how they differ from other foods. The term organic refers to the way that farmers grow the crops and process them. Organic farms use different soil then other farms and try to reduce pollution. The farmers don’t use any chemicals to produce the crops and that is one of the main differences. The way that food is processed determines whether or not it is organic. If the label says that the food is 100% organic that means that the product is made of all organic materials. Using the word “organic” means that the product is at least 95% organic. If the label says it is made with organic materials then the food needs to contain at least 70% organic ingredients. If there is less than 70% organic the label can’t say the word organic. If the label on the food uses the word “natural” they need to be truthful and in order to use the word “organic” it needs to meet the USDA organic standards.

The way that farms produce the crops determines if it is organic or not. Conventional farms use chemicals, spray synthetic insecticides to reduce pests and disease. They also use synthetic herbicides to manage the weeds around the crops. One of the things they do to animals is they give them antibiotics and growth hormones to prevent disease and spur the growth. Organic farms on the other hand do the opposite. They apply natural fertilizers such as manure and compost to crops. When organic farms spray pesticides they do it from natural sources. The farmers will go out and hand pick the weeds as much as they can and if they need to use something to kill the weeds they use an environmentally generated compound. For the animals on organic farms they allow them to roam around and give them organic feed to eat.

"Organic Food Hardly Healthier, Study Suggests." CBSNews. CBS Interactive, 4 Sept. 2012. Web. 10 Feb. 2014.

Stanford University doctors started research about organic foods to find out if they are really better. Organic foods can lower exposure to pesticides but they did not prove to be more nutritious the research shown. Dr. Dena Bravata, a senior research affiliate at Stanford, said that she was "absolutely surprised". People want to switch their food to organic because of many reasons but in reality some of those reasons are not correct. The team that researched this did find a notable difference with antibiotic-resistant germs, a health concern for many because these germs could lead to food poisoning. Organic or not though, all foods could cause food poisoning. When looking at organic meat vs non-organic meat they did find that the non-organic meat had a 33% higher risk of being resistant to antibiotics. Farmers say that it is necessary to give their animals these chemicals because it will meet the demand for cheap meat, and many consumers want cheap meat.

The sales of organic foods have been on the rise for the past few years though. Organic foods have accounted for 31.4 billion dollar sales in 2011. In 1997 they only accounted for 3.6 billion dollar sales. Organic produce had a 30% lower risk of containing detectable pesticide levels. But having the lower pesticide levels in the produce children were still able to get pesticides buy things such as the cleaning supplies in homes. You really can'y avoid all pesticides because they will always be around you. Still, some studies have shown that even small pesticide exposures might be risky for some children. Parents that have small children should be concerned about where the food comes from that they are feeding their kids because some fruits and vegetables can have more pesticides then others.

When talking about antibiotics some of the farms that are not certified in organic farming have began selling antibiotic-free meat and hormone free milk, this way they can try to keep buisness and address the customer demand. To conclude the article they talk about how pesticides and antibiotics are things that you need to look for whether you buy organic foods or conventional foods. Organic foods are more expensive and that's what sometimes draws people away.

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