ING November 2017: The Food Issue

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Organic food ? s s u f e h t h t r o w t i Is BY JESSICA KUKLA AND ALLISON BERTRAM

There’s no question that the food industry has gone through change and controversy in recent years. Documentaries like “Food, Inc.” and “Super Size Me” flourished in popularity, exposing questionable aspects about the American food industry. People began to wonder, “What are we actually putting in our bodies?” Food and agricultural studies came to the surface as a result, providing answers and deeper questions. Organic food seemed to be an answer to consumers. The Economic Research Service division of the U.S. 12

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Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported a steady increase in organic food sales from 2005 to 2014, growing from a $13 billion market to an approximately $35 billion market. This seemed too good to be true for some consumers. Some wonder what it means to pay the extra dollar for the organic label, and whether the food industry can gain back their trust after becoming #woke from food documentaries. ing Magazine got in touch with some local organic farmers to find out.