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The Human Diet: Natural or artificial? I believe our human diet is mainly artificial. The majority of food production is all processed and have been in contact with fertilisers and pesticides.

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The Human Diet: Natural or artificial? Humans ultimately depend on plants for food. Plants are at the start of all food chains; they are they producers so all humans rely on them. Plants produce complex organic compounds which humans, and other animals, eat, digest and absorb, which they use for energy and growth. Food can now be classified as natural or artificial as many modern farming techniques aim to maximise productivity by increasing plant and animal growth with the use of fertilisers and pesticides. Natural foods are foods that haven't been intervened with. Artificial foods are foods that have been in contact with human interference. Natural foods refers to foods that are minimally processed and do not contain any hormones, antibodies, artificial sweeteners, food colours or flavourings. ...read more.

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Pesticides are artificial chemicals that increase crop yields by killing pests that feed on the crops. This means that fewer plants are damaged or destroyed. The pests that cause disruption are usually microorganisms, insects or mammals. Artificial foods if food that have been intervened with. Selective breeding is another example of human interference with food production; it is used to increase crop yields. Selective breeding involves selecting plants or animals with good characteristics to reproduce together in order to increase productivity. The offspring produced are again breed together and this process is repeated for many generations to produce plants and animals with useful characteristics (high yields, disease resistance, pest resistance, high meat, egg, milk quality). ...read more.

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Genetically modified foods are also artificial. Genetically modified foods (GMFs) are foods resulting from genetically modified organisms. GMFs are a result from selective breeding, an example: rice is genetically modified to contain high amounts of Vitamin A. Human interference with foods makes it artificial. Meat and vegetables are natural foods but the use of fertilisers to make them grow faster makes it artificial. Many foods are processed resulting in them being artificial, and not many people buy natural foods freshly grown, they buy processed food from the supermarket. Overall, the human diet is mainly made up of artificial foods, from the use of fertilisers and with human interference. The production of natural foods is not as big as artificial food due to the higher demand of food therefore the human diet is mainly artificial. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sarah King ...read more.

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