The US government should create a new law that requires all food to be produced organically. Food integrity is lacking in the US and we often have no idea what we are consuming. The majority of the food we consume has artificial ingredients and or traces of pesticides. Although science and technology have greatly increased the efficiency and pace of food production, the industrialized, mass production of food has caused the integrity of the food industry to suffer. It will most likely take years for this law to come into full effect but it would be worth the wait. The organic food movement has taken off in the past several decades but its growth could be greatly enhanced with more support from business, government and society. Organic food sales doubled globally from 2002-2008 and future growth estimates range from 10-15% annually.
By enforcing the “all organic” law, the government would impose stricter regulations on the food industry to ensure the integrity of the industry is upheld. The current lack of transparency of the food industry is frightening. The government agencies that regulate the food industry are not doing enough to protect consumers. They need to impose more regulations in order to ensure that the food we consume is safe and also high quality.
Society will benefit from this because organic food production is more environmentally friendly and creates more health benefits—organic farming, by definition, does not use environmentally harmful chemicals. If this law is instated, more and more local farms will be utilized which will bring wealth to local farmers and decrease the amount of fuel used in transporting food. The consumer will also know where their food came from. Fast food could probably even still exist—you could still get your hamburger, fries and vanilla milkshake on the go. Although it will cost more, the food quality will be better and you will no longer have to settle for mystery meat.
Although it will take time for businesses to adjust and make the changes to meet organic regulation, businesses will gain more customer loyalty because consumers will not be skeptical of what they are eating. Consumers might still feel guilty for going out to eat at a fast food restaurant but they will most likely feel less guilty because they will be consuming organic food. This law would also provide a huge opportunity for new businesses.
This idea is not new and many people doubt that making all food organic is possible. Like I mentioned before, I am aware that it would take many many years for the US food industry to become fully organic. Even if this is not achieved, the food industry needs to change and be more consumer driven rather than profit driven. There needs to be more transparency and less mystery.