Scholarly articles

Beauchesne, A., & Bryant, C. (1999). Agriculture and Innovation in the Urban Fringe: The Case of Organic Farming in Quebec, Canada. Journal of Economic and Social Geography, 90(3), 320. Click for Link

Lobley, M., Butler, A., & Reed, M. (2009). The contribution of organic farming to rural development: An exploration of the socio-economic linkages of organic and non-organic farms in England. Land Use Policy, 26(3), 723-735.Click for Link

Crinnion, W. J. (2010). Organic Foods Contain Higher Levels of Certain Nutrients, Lower Levels of Pesticides, and May Provide Health Benefits for the Consumer. Alternative Medicine Review15(1), 4-12. Click for Link

Annotation:  This article provides the reader a background of the size of the organic food industry and shows that there is a consumer belief that food that has been farmed organically is healthier than those produced by conventional farming methods. The research examines this claim and finds that there is a scientific basis for this belief. Studies show that organically produced food has high levels of beneficial micronutrients and antioxidants that conventionally farmed food and lower levels of nitrates and pesticide residues. This is important because it justifies the move towards organic farming and shows the key benefits. This research comes from and was written in alternative medicine review. This journal focuses on looking at non-conventional ways of healing and nourishing the body. This research was therefore published to support the argument that organic is better than conventional farming. This is a peer reviewed journal and is therefore written by experts and reviewed by experts and is therefore credible. As is typical with peer reviewed journals all of the studies that were considered within the article are cited so it is easy to confirm the source of the statements. This research comes from 2010 and can be considered current. Currency is preferred as the latest research will present a more accurate picture. The information is quantitative. Quantitative data is more objective because numbers clearly show whether something is true or not. Therefore this study is objective. The article is well written and though there are a few technical terms, it is very readable even for the casual reader.

Scholarly Databases

Academic Search Premier: Click for Link: 

Academic search Premier is Powered by EBSCO Host. According to the website is the largest scholarly database. It is a multidisciplinary database with subjects like physics, engineering and biology. The records in the database go back to 1975. There are over 13,600 indexed and abstracted journals will full text for over 4700. Of these journals 12,000 of the indexed are peer reviewed. Of the full text journals

Wiley Online Library : Click for Link

This database is an extension of the of John Wiley and sons publishing business. This business publishes about 1,500 peer-reviewed journals and 1,500+ new books every year in print and online. The database is multidisciplinary and has records from social science, health, and the humanities. There are over 4 million entries in the database that come from over 1500 journals, 11, 500 online books and other resources such as reference works and laboratory protocols.

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