In order to survive and maintain a healthy lifestyle, everyone needs Food. How much do we actually know about the food we buy and serve to our families on a daily basis? There has been little awareness and understanding of food in America until the film Food Inc., which helps show us how our food is produced, packaged and sold in our native stores. Our nation’s food supply is being controlled by a few amounts of corporations that often put their income ahead of customer health. It’s time that the truth is heard about what we are putting into our bodies, and what is being hidden from us by the food industry.
That single cattle can jeopardize the entire food supply. Schlosser effectively communicates the fact that “fast food is bad for you” with tons of evidence ranging from news articles, factual events such as recalls, reports, and first person experiences. Most of the events lead back to Colorado Springs, Colorado due to all of the issues concerning fast food originates. Schlosser also takes experiences from labs, where scientists do various experiments to recreate the feel and taste of the food to satisfy the human from meats to fruits. This boasts the highest worst safety records in the world.
The Effects of Factory Farming on Human Life Aline M. Hayes DeVry University The Effects of Factory Farming on Human Life A lot of consumers who purchase food items from the supermarket to feed themselves or their families are not concerned with how the products they purchase will affect them or their loved ones. Some people are completely unaware of how the meats they consume are processed and manufactured. Some individuals who purchase a fresh hot meal from a fast food restaurant or cook a nice home cooked meal don’t have an inkling about where they foods they consume come from. A lot of individuals are under the impression that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) operates in the best interest of the consumer. Over the years, the decline of family farms and increase of factory farming has caused harmful effects on human life.
All of these new foods now became part of the Western Diet. Nutritionism is the ideology of this Western Diet, the belief that various nutrients and fortification can lend us better, healthier food than we had before (11), and that the key to understanding food is in the nutrient (28). Pollan points out that previously, health science relating to food was relatively nonexistent (19-20), and people ate the food they grew or bought in the store (which was more of a market than a post industrial warehouse full floor to ceiling of every good imaginable.) After chemists started breaking down foods to its individual parts (21), and health science understanding of what our bodies need in order to survive, 3 groups started to emerge: carbohydrates, fats, and protein (20). The stage is now set for Pollan to pick apart Nutritionism, a belief that food is not the sum of its parts, but is viewed as having individual, predominant nutrients
In Radley Balko’s “What You Eat is Your Business,” he argues that obesity is the responsibility of the individual not the government. According to Balko, “Instead of manipulating or intervening in the array of food options available to American consumers, our government ought to be working to foster a sense of responsibility in the ownership of our own health and well being.” What Radley Balko is trying to say is, the government shouldn’t try to change what foods are accessible to consumers but instead make consumers responsible for their choices. Although I feel that consumers should take some responsibility. I believe that the government should do their best to enable its people to make the right choices. In my opinion, removing some of the harmful food products from the market is a step in the accurate direction.
In the essay, “The Pleasures of Eating” by Wendell Berry, he states that the society lacks the knowledge of the making of their food and whether the food is healthy or unhealthy. He goes on and explains that the food industry attracts the customers trying to make them buy their products that has been treated with drugs and chemicals but looks as good as if it was freshly and naturally produced. Berry claims that the food industry will do anything to get people to buy. It would be difficult to know what to cook for a cultural food critic like Berry. One type of food I would serve to Berry is home grown or local farms vegetables.
Mad Cow Disease was first recognized as an infectious disease in 1986 after it began to appear in cattle in Great Britain in 1985. It was made clear that the animals became infected because of eating pieces of cow and sheep in their bone meal (food). The British government outlawed the feeding of bone meal in order to halt the spread of the disease. It is normal and healthy for cattle to be fed soybean meal as a part of their diet. In England, soybeans don’t grow well, so British farmers fed their cattle an
So corrupt in fact that even as it is seemingly doing the right thing, like promoting healthy foods to be served in schools for example, its wellness initiatives are frequently just marketing ploys. They are always trying to sell us something. Producers of high-selling, major market junk foods have an obligation to their company’s stockholders to maximize profits to the best of their abilities. So they encourage consumers to eat more of their company’s products, not less. Americans are unhealthy and the food industry is doing nothing to change that.
Behavioral Outcome: At the end of my speech, members of the audience will be able to distinguish what specific and relative regulations that the United States Department of Agriculture govern the food industry, to discern fact from fiction about organic and humane alternative foods, and will be persuaded to become more open to shortening their supply line of which they attain their food. Thesis: Not all foods that are labeled “organic” or “naturally raised” are necessarily the healthiest and best food alternatives; the USDA does not have strict regulations on certain terms such as “natural,” “all natural,” “naturally raised,” “free-range,” or “cage-free food.” Shortening your personal supply line on food will yield a healthier alternative to consuming food. Introduction 1. Beginning of story 2. My personal experience working at an organic health food store.
Another reason is we have a choice on what we eat on a daily bases. We need to take responsibility by saying that it is truly our fault. We can prepare a nice meal the day before for the next day, or take the time to make a sandwich which is quick to make, healthier than fast food, cheap, and taste great. Along with all these reasons there are more against the consumer. On the consumers side they have plenty of arguments.