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Organic Food and Organic Chemical


A) We often hear the terms organic, natural, and chemical in the media. Organic and natural are usually used to imply that a product is "healthy" and/or "environmentally friendly" while chemical often implies negative implications for health and for the environment. In your opinion, are these implications justified? Use specific examples to support your answer.

*Note: I have no idea what they are asking me. I know that organic vegetables means that it was grown naturally, which means no use of artificial pesticides and GMOs (genetically modified organisms). I also know that organic chemistry is the study of hydrocarbons. I can't relate this 2 topic together. Please answer question A) and use a specific example.

B) Provide and briefly explain two examples of how organic chemistry can be used to improve existing products and thus provide solutions to newly identified health or environmental problems. (One example is unleaded instead of leaded gasoline. Think of 2 more)

*Note: please also explain the example with leaded and unleaded fuel, how organic chemistry was used to make it better.

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The teacher is trying to help you to understand that the average citizen out there in the big wide world is using words incorrectly. That's all. He's trying to make a point -- one that I used to make years ago too, until I decided that words can have more than one meaning.

In other words, as you know, "organic" when used in reference to food indicates food (whether animal food or plant food) that has been grown without the use of antibiotics, added hormones, artificial growth inducers, GMOs, corrupt food sources (such as the feeding of animal products to cows, etc.), and the like. When used in this way, "organic" is not used in the way that the word "organic" is used when referring to "organic" chemistry.

When the words "chemical" or "chemicals" are used by people out there in the big wide world, they mean that nothing artificial has been added. Generally, here "chemical" refers to what is perceived to be nasty additives, such as food dyes, artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, preservatives such as BHT, flavour enhancers such as MSG, etc.

Essentially, the words "organic" refers to food the way our grandparents ate it, while "chemicals" refers to extra stuff being added ...

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