Read the following passage:
It's Beginning to Bite
In these trying times, when buying ordinary food stuff can burn a
hole in your pockets, comes the news that can actually help us
save some hard cash when we go out to shop the next time.
According to a Stanford University study, the first of its kind
in the world, there is no evidence to suggest that there are more
nutritional benefits from expensive organic food than those grown
by conventional methods. The researchers add that there is no
difference in protein and fat content between organic and
conventional milk and the vitamin count is similar in both types.
The only benefit is that organic foods are not contaminated with
pesticides but then before you chew on the plate of organic okra
with roti made from organic wheat, they are not 100% pesticide
free either. In India, organic food has been growing at 20-22%
and the export market is valued at Rs. 1,000 crore. Obviously,
the study is not good news for that sector and for people who are
big on organic food.
In India, eating organic food is more of a style statement than due
to health worries because the stuff is expensive. But people who
can, do indulge in not only organic vegetables but even organic
eggs laid by 'happy hens', who are allowed to roam around freely
whereas 'unhappy hens' are kept in coops. Then there are companies
that have installed music channels in their cowsheds and the milk
from those sheds are sold at a marked up price since it has more
nutritional value because the animals are happy thanks to lilting
24×7 music. We don't know yet any farmer using music to
improve his crop quality, but then you never know : plants are
known to respond to music.
Why such pickiness about food ? These days, the huge number of TV
shows and articles that we see and read on food provide bread and
butter for the specialist. But instead of decoding food, its
sources and what has gone into growing it, isn't it much better to
enjoy what's on the plate ?
(Adapted from The Hindustan Times)
Complete the statements given below
by choosing the correct options from those that follow:
(a) According to a Stanford University study, organic food in
relation to conventional food is________.
(i) less nutritious
(ii) more nutritious
(iii) very conventional
(iv) as nutritious
(b) The study will not be welcomed by _________.
(i) farmers of conventional food
(ii) makers of pesticides
(iii) all sectors
(iv) exporters of organic food
(c) We can save some hard cash by _________.
(i) buying organic food
(ii) not buying organic food
(iii) going to the shop
(iv) not buying food with pesticides
(d) Music channels are installed in the cowshed because the
(i) cows then give more milk
(ii) milk is sold at a higher price
(iii) milk becomes more pure
(iv) workers becomes happy
(e) In the second paragraph, the author's attitude to the people
who eat food sourced from 'happy' animals is that he
(i) is happy with them
(ii) is unhappy with them
(iii) is laughing at them
(iv) wants crops to be grown similarly
(f) One benefit of organic food is that __________.
(i) it is fashionable to eat
(ii) only rich people can afford it
(iii) it is less contaminated with pesticides
(iv) even poor people can afford it
(g) The word 'contaminated' means ________.
(ii) for adults
(iv) not healthy
(a) (iv) as nutritious
(b) (iv) exporters of organic food
(c) (ii) not buying organic food
(d) (ii) milk is sold at a higher price
(e) (iii) is laughing at them
(f) (iii) it is less contaminated with pesticides
(g) (i) adulterated