With the average diesel price today ($4.12) it would cost the U.S $1,030 per trip to import their food to a market4. It takes about 10 miles to get locally grown food from a farm to a market. To transport locally grown food using a tractor trailer that have an average miles per gallon of 7 to transport locally grown food, it would cost about $8.12 for a round trip. This is significantly cheaper compared to the $1,030 per trip for imported food. Using imported food not only has a huge impact for our economy but also for our air quality.
They’re designed by evolution to eat grass. And the only reason we feed them corn is because corn is really cheap and corn makes them fat quickly … The industrial food system is always looking for greater efficiency. But each new step in efficiency leads to problems. If you take feedlot cattle off their corn diet, give them grass or five days, they will shed eighty percent of the E. coli in their gut” (Foodincmovie). There have been many cases where children have died just by eating food that has been processed by the food
Food Inc.: Deromanticizing the Food Industry In a society where our meals are all prepackaged, served to us or require very little preparation it’s not surprising that people overlook all the processes these foods go through before they just ‘magically’ appear in front of our eyes. Food Inc. takes a look at how all of our food came to be. It’s tough to watch and has you really thinking about what you’re putting into your body. The film uses lots of logic, powerful emotion, entertaining visuals, some borderline conspiracy and commentary from many credible sources. The film starts out with commentary “the way we eat has changed more 50 years than the previous 10,000” and talks about how the advertising for food still depicts classic farm raised food.
Fruits, vegetables, unprocessed foods, organic, and lean meats are all expensive. When you don’t have much money to spend to feed yourself and your family, you are looking at ways to buy the most money for your dollar, not the healthiest foods for your dollar. Unfortunately a bag of carrots doesn’t look as appealing as a bag of chips, most children would rather eat chips as well, and when you can’t buy much food you don’t want to have your children waste any, so you’re going to buy something they will eat. Foods that are highly processed, foods that don’t expire quickly, and most foods that are bought in bulk for a low price, are poor choices of food, and these are the foods that will lead to unhealthy bodies. Sugars, starches, sodium, everything that is in a processed food, just helps fat accumulate on the body, and in the arteries.
But this will entirely change if these people get a job because they can’t rely on food stamps forever. Roughly 85% of the food stamps recipients are single parent homes so it will be hard to go to your job if you have a young child. But Republicans have proposed to spend 1 billion dollars toward child care. People might say what’s the point of working is if you have food on the table. But there is a point because if people start working they can be independent.
Battery Hen should be illegal? “A hen with her wings outstretched is approximately twice the width of a typical battery cage” This direct quote should inspire pity in any emotionally stable person, but many value increased economic returns over a clean conscience, and some feel no pity at all for these poor defenceless birds. There are many social and ethical reasons why battery hen farming is wrong. In the US alone more than 452 million chickens are used for their egg laying capabilities, 99% of those spend their entire life crammed into tiny spaces which provide no space to scratch, bathe, stretch or build a nest, all 4 of the above stated things have been proven to be extremely important in the emotional and physical wellbeing of a chicken. Hens have even been proven to navigate extreme obstacle courses to get back to their nests; by depriving them of that many go crazy.
Since a business built on home-style chicken dinners doesn't offer any obvious moat to protect against competition, the Chicken hoped to create an artificial moat through simple ubiquity. To ensure rapid expansion, the company signed up a small number of financed area developers (FADs) who had to put up just 20% of development costs with the rest provided via loans from the Chicken
It's not what our parents taught us, or what we teach our children. It's not who we are as Americans. Just as having a farm system that is so enormously destructive to the environment is un-American. Cage-free and free-range eggs are the fastest growing sector of the food industry right now -- not just in San Francisco or NYC, but in all of America -- and that says something powerful about who we are. It says that we are willing to spend more money for food that causes less suffering.
Unflattering look behind America’s food companies PURPOSE BEHIND PAPER: Critically reflect on claims made: critically reflect on the claims and solutions presented in the mainstream documentary Food Inc. Mean world syndrome, scar tactic 1) the problem with the current food system; 2) the solutions they propose. RESEARCHED INFROMATION : CRITICAL ANALYSIS ON FOOD INC Food, Inc. is the most mainstream movie we’ve had dealing with issues of industrial agriculture and food. While there are many films dealing with these subjects, Food, Inc. actually has the potential to be seen by millions of people. For the footage of “conventional” chicken sheds alone, this movie is to be appreciated.
My mom tells me that broiler production is the production of biscuits that we get to eat, but I secretly think she is lying to me so I won’t worry. I only think this because other chickens on our farm have been running around screaming their heads off, and I for one know that if I was getting a biscuit I would be happy. Week three: Chickens are going psycho on the farm now! Apparently chickens have been hearing that we are an agribusiness farm and that we’re too small to use so we need to be fattened up. I’m only three weeks old and I way twice as much as the average chicken my age.