FOWC with Fandango Writing Prompt 13th Nov. “chemical”
Chemicals used on produce are part of a rising concern over food safety. Chemical fertilisers and pesticides give farmers a better yield. Alas they also endanger food safety. They can cause liver, gut, kidney and bone disease. Some have even been linked to cancer.
It is said that these chemicals are not injurious if fruit and vegetables are washed thoroughly before use. However some trace of these synthetic substances may still find it’s way into our food.
It is best that we avoid these harmful chemicals altogether to safeguard health. We need to adopt organic farming methods to ensure food safety.
Chemical fertilizers and pesticides have been developed to improve yield. This is done to make food abundant and cheap. This goes a great way towards alleviation of property and starvation. You might argue, therefore, that the use of these potentially harmful chemicals is not a bad thing.
Organic foods although good for health are far more expensive than those grown using artificial fertilisers. It becomes an expensive luxury to employ organic agricultural practices in poor countries.
This dilemma of quantity versus quality of food may be just a debate in countries with strong economies. In developing nations of the Third World it is a matter for great concern.
Is it better for the poor to suffer the seemingly remote consequences of harmful chemicals or is it better for them to suffer hunger and starvation due to expensive food?
What do you think ?
Written for the FOWC with Fandango word prompt “chemical”
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