Cheap Food Nation Research Paper

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SC300-6 Assignment http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/200611/cheapfood.asp Sierra Magazine | November/December 2006 | Cheap Food Nation Americans spend a smaller percentage of their income on food than anyone else, but it costs us dearly by Eric Schlosser November/December 2006 In text citation (Schlosser, 2006) | Eric Schlosser: "Changing your eating habits can send ripples far and wide." | When an athlete gets caught using anabolic steroids there is a universal chorus of disapproval. Steroid use in sports is unhealthy and a form of cheating under federal law but many of the same steroids have been given to the U.S. feedlot . Growth hormones like testosterone are often administered to the nation's cattle, for faster…show more content…
farmers and ranchers have been told that the technological advances in hormones, pesticides, genetically modified crops, and concentrated animal feeding operations will increase their income. Instead they are being driven off the land. The farmers and ranchers are basically employees of big processors. Poultry growers have lost their independence in the same way by investing large amounts of money while obeying the rules of Tyson Foods. (Schlosser, 2006) Industrialized agriculture has posed grave new threats to human health. food-borne illness has risen, the marketing of inexpensive, fatty, high calorie foods has caused epidemics of obesity and diabetes. (Schlosser, 2006) Approximately half of the income earned by U.S. corn farmers come from government crop-support programs. Cheap corn is used in fats, oils, sweeteners. Animal feed made of corn is grown in the United States and fed to livestock, providing taxpayer support for inexpensive hamburgers and chicken nuggets. On the other hand, farmers who grow fresh fruits and vegetables receive few direct subsidies. The farm bills Congress enacts every year, with strong backing from agribusiness, help determine what Americans eat, promoting unhealthy foods and making wholesome ones relatively more expensive.…show more content…
It would be terrific if the passage of new laws solved every one of these problems. Meaningful change, however, isn't going to come from the top. It's going to come from people who realize that there's a direct link between the food they eat and the society they inhabit. Changing your eating habits can send ripples far and wide in support of agricultural practices that are humane, diverse, and sustainable. "The condition of the passive consumer of food is not a democratic condition," Wendell Berry writes. "One reason to eat responsibly is to live free." Eric Schlosser is the author of Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal (Houghton Mifflin, 2001). A film version by Richard Linklater, starring Patricia Arquette, Paul Dano, Ethan Hawke, Greg Kinnear, Kris Kristofferson, and Bruce Willis, is being released this fall nationwide.
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