Critical Analysis- Food

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Julie Pham Professor Emily Cooley Liba 102- Critical Analysis Paper February 14, 2013 Bringing It to the Table: Analysis In the excerpt of Bringing It to the Table from Wendell Berry, Berry explains the “food movement”. Michael Pollan writes the introduction for the book. He introduces the book by giving recognition to Michelle Obama who planted an organic vegetable garden in 2009. He explains all of Berry’s ideas that he had gotten from other authors, such as Francis Moore Lappe, Barry Commoner, and Joan Gussow. He also explains his opinions on confinement, concentration, and separation. He includes his ideas on agriculture and the agricultural problems that Americans have. In the introduction of the book, Pollan introduces the term “food movement”. He says that the term means people who have been working to reform the way Americans grow food and feed themselves. The high price of cheap foods was the main topic of the Americans’ conversation. Pollan said, “For 50 or 60 years, we have let ourselves believe that as long as we have money we will have food. This is a mistake. If we continue our offenses against the land and the labor by which we are fed, the food supply will decline, and we will have a problem far more complex than the failure of our paper economy. The government will bring forth no food by providing hundreds of billions of dollars to the agribusiness corporations.” He mentioned the phrase “paper economy”. I think that means that our nation is revolved around money. We have money but we don’t want to pay for things that we need. Like more land for farms and livestock. There is less livestock and more cash-graining farming. When there are cash-grain farms, the livestock decreases and the fields go from crops to weeds. The farms are slowly deteriorating, declining, and eroding. The farmers are moving away, and they don’t farm with as much skill
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