Michael Pollan suggests how industrial food system is unsustainable because of monocultures, which means a lot of the same species are grown together and that’s only possible by using antibiotics to keep them alive. To keep crop healthy, fertilizer is needed. For example, in Iowa, all the farms were corn and soybeans, which are for industrial use mainly. Separating the animals from the farms raises a huge sanitation problem and the animals are not happy with the conditions, a pollution problem occurs as well. Society is obsessed with productivity becoming cheap, which has made more problems regarding pesticides.
The high yield of corn, it’s depleting the land of the vital nutrients to grown corn. The farmers need to apply fertilizer to the land, so the corn will grow properly. Corn is the only plant that absorbs most of the fertilizer applied to the land. The high yield of corn creates a surplus of corn. This in turn, lowers the price of corn drastically.
Jonathan Pumphrey 2-27-14 Julia Petitfrere After watching “Food Inc.” I have learned the unfortuinite truth about the food that all of uf Americans eat. I learned that the major food companies are using genetically modified organisms (gmos) to make food faster, cheaper, and when it is not in season. The companies change the diets of the animals they are going to sloter because it is cheaper and it is easier to get the wrong food than it is to get the right food for the animals. The Government is not going to do anything about what is going on because a lot of the people that work in Washington used to heads of the companies that they are supossed to be going after. I will give credit where credit is due, I think that GMOs are a fantastic
You still got all the nutrients and vitamins from foods that are not local. Plus they still taste good. If our community were to start a locavore movement it would affect everyone because we would have to make more space for crops and farmers. Also farmers from around the world would also have fewer costumers. As Source C shows, it actually takes just as much fuel—and thus, just as much pollution—to ship a small load from a local farm as to ship a large load from a farther location.
In America, whoever has the big bucks controls how things are run. With money, there is no boundary to what can be done. According to the video, “Food Inc.” a perfect sample of the want for more is in the food industry. The narrator makes the argument that profit is put before the consumer’s welfare, the heritage of the American farmer, workers safety, and our precious environment (Food Inc.) in many major corporations. I firmly believe that these corporations have put to the side and have purposely tried to hide the actuality about how unhealthy the food they create truly is for the American community.
In his article,” In defense of food “: Michael Pollen established “what is food” and why do American’s eat nonfood in such large quantities?” Definitely, I’m agree about food labels do provide enough information for consumers to make an informed choice about what to feed their bodies. However consumers do not pay attention of the food labels because they do not really know about it as long it’s delicious. Surely, most food provides food labels because it is a
Is obesity today in America Caused by the Food Industry? Name and Age: Amanda Keller 17 years old Grade and School: High School Senior at Itineris Early College High School The essay Is the Food Industry the Problem or the Solution? by Dale Buss is about obesity in America today and whether the food industry is responsible for the high increase in obese Americans. If you ask this simple question, it is easy blame obesity on what we eat, but when you look deeper into the problem you will find that the food industry is spending millions searching for consumer’s solutions to prevent childhood obesity, but we are finding that the problem is ultimately caused by what we as parents or children decide to consume or choices of activity. A cause
Conventionally raised cattle have long been fed fats and proteins along with grass and grains; it helps them gain weight more quickly. Unfortunately, much of the fat and protein they’ve been fed in more recent times comes from other animals. This to me is a huge ethical issue; we have gone from letting our cattle naturally eat grass, which they have always done, to changing their diets to something completely different. The FDA still permits cattle to eat feed containing byproducts of pigs, fish, chicken, and horses, among other animals, to promote weight gain. This weight gain is not necessary, it is just desired because cattle can be slaughtered at a younger age and more meat can be produced.
Both private and publicly owned institutions that have not kept the public sufficiently educated on the dangers of eating the products they serve or produce; these companies have made millions of dollars on the sales of fast food, junk food, and sugar drinks. As a nation we should be stressing physical activity in home and at school, however, recess is being systematically eliminated, while games and sports equipment is being sacrificed for other costs. The fast food industry has done a wonderful job in making children want fast food and convincing parents that fast food meals are a nutritious alternative to cooking meals at home and they are quick, easy, and affordable. “Advertisements often portray unhealthy eating messages to children. As many commercials are for fast food, soft drinks, and cereals sweetened with sugar, one could argue that children are encouraged by the media to consume high fat, energy dense food” (Ebbeling, Pawlak, & Ludwig, 2002).
Why was our country so docile and accepting of such horrible food choices that were causing obesity, health issues, and in many ways contributing to the skyrocketing health care costs? I do not buy these unhealthy processed corn and soybean products and instead buy organic, whole foods. But it is expensive to make these choices, so some of this anger got projected towards Monsanto. But a good dose of it goes to the social injustice aspect of this issue: everyone should be able to afford healthy foods that do not harm your