Rhetorical Analysis (Part 1)

The text I am analyzing is from a site called Eating Well, and the article is called “Is Organic Produce Healthier Than Conventional” by Marissa Lippert. For starters the writer seems very interested in writing this article. She gives good points referring to the differences of organic produce vs. non-organic produce. Especially when she gives a point that matters, she backs it up with factual evidence, which makes me want to read more.

I feel like Marissa Lippert wanted to leave the readers with something to think about. Many people do not know the difference between organic foods and non-organic foods so when she refers to organic foods vs. non-organic foods; she wants to leave the audience thinking. By that I mean she wants the audience to know what the differences are, not just that there is a difference. She explains that clearly in this article and it causes the readers to think about the reasons now. It gives the audience a different point of view because if they know the reasons why organic foods may be healthier then they would have a reason to start getting organic produce because they now know what the difference is. People can even argue vice versa talking about they would rather get non-organic produce rather than organic produce.

The author’s main claim is that, “there are at least two good arguments for eating organic: fewer pesticides and more nutrients”. Which is the main reason why many people tend to choose organic foods over non-organic foods. But many people do not know the facts behind fewer pesticides and more nutrients. The author clearly states facts backing up her claim like when she states, “in 2007 a study out of Newcastle University in the United Kingdom reported that organic produce boasted up to 40 percent higher levels of some nutrients (including vitamin C, zinc and iron) than its conventional counterparts”. When the author backs up her claim with factual evidence, it gives the author more credibility and the readers become more interested in what the author has to say.

I know that the author is definitely people who are interested in the topic of organic foods. But that does not mean that other people are not reading this article. As a reader the author definitely kept me interested throughout the article. She gives clear facts, and stating her point. But she does not leave it at that; she also gives factual information backing up her points, which causes me to want to learn more about the topic because I know the information is legit. Also, her tone of writing keeps me wanting to read more. It seems like she was interested in writing this topic, which brings in more readers because they do not find it boring. As a reader, I was interested throughout the article, and after I was done reading it, it left me thinking and wanting more.


Stasis Theory


My main topic in my blog revolves around organic foods. I have been talking about the main question of are organic foods healthier than non-organic foods. But for this blog post six; I am going to get more in depth of the topic organic foods. I am going to try and find a question that I want to focus on for the rest of the semester. So, by the end of the semester I will be able to write my essay about this topic.

This topic of organic food matter because this has been a topic of controversy lately. Many people think that organic foods are better for your health but do not know how or the facts behind why. Once they know the facts then it is easier to explain why or why not organic foods are healthier. It makes sense because knowing just a little information regarding organic foods; you can always help people wondering about the topic. You may not necessarily care for the topic but being knowledgeable towards the topic can bring you a long way.


Fact or Conjecture: Does it exist? Did it happen?

  • Are times changing, do people think organic foods are more appealing to the eye rather than non-organic foods?
  • Just because organic foods give the impression of healthy living, does that make the body want it more?
  • Where did organic foods come from?
  • Who/what started organic foods?

Definition: How can the act or event be defined?

  • Can organic foods be the same as non-organic foods?
  • What exactly are organic foods?
  • What components are in organic foods that make it different from non-organic foods?

Quality: How can the act or event be defined?

  • Are organic foods good for you?
  • Are organic foods bad for you?
  • If we stopped having organic foods in the states, would it make a difference?
  • Which is important organic foods or non-organic foods?
  • Are organic foods healthier than non-organic foods?
  • Is there a way where people can make organic foods taste better?

Policy: What should we do?

  • Should we stop having organic foods?
  • Should we make organic foods more accessible?
  • Should we lower the prices of organic foods?
  • Will the price drop of make people buy organic foods?
  • Should we raise the prices of non-organic foods?