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.


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