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.
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. Another huge ethical issue concerning mainstream red meat processing is the way the cattle are treated. They are often mistreated before slaughter, and are constantly mistreated while they are being “grown.” One example of the mistreatment is the confined spaces they are forced to live in. The spaces are small, unsanitary, and unnatural to the cattle, along with that they are constantly being fed, and have no room to move so they develop strange disabilities and deformities from living in such a confined
This take over has been aided by none other than the FDA, the Food and Drug Administration, along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. More and more they are coming down with strenuous and tedious regulations that don’t make the food safer, just procedures that make it difficult for the farmer who is trying to grow more pure food. They make it so hard for anyone except a Mega Farmer to produce because they require such a large number of crops and animals to be processed in a short length of time as Joel stated in the Omnivore’s Delimma. (Pollan,2006) Just because a group produces more, doesn’t mean they produce better. There is also a direct correlation between the amount of money these farmers contribute to politicians, as to how much hassle is taken in by the farmers.
Even when they started working they misbehaved. The government created more jobs for everyone and forced others to work for people who didn’t need it, otherwise they would have been sent to a correction facility. Morgan wanted to show how irresponsible the Jamestown citizens were, and comparing them to England was the best way to do it. In England they worked, they farmed, they planted. Cattle, crops, gardens, and they were able to expand to better areas to farm.
While traditional farming choose to grow organic produce and struggle to keep their businesses alive. In Jeffrey M. Smith book, Genetic Roulette the intro talks about the experements they had with animals and the GMO foods. Many of the animals organs were becoming defecting or mutated over time. After looking at the results, animals that consume the modifications continusly it can lead to serious health risks. In addition the animal’s lifespan was shortened and their offspring a lower chance of survival.
Never have I seen a bag of spinach or a head of broccoli that was advertised as “buy one get one free.” This is due to the fact that if all of a sudden healthy foods were as cheap as unhealthy foods, people would “vote” differently. Farmers would start having to produce more healthy foods, for which they are not subsidized, advertisements for those “fun foods” would need to change to appeal those healthy eaters, and nutritionism would prove that food in its natural form is what is needed to acquire optimal
But not a lot of people pay attention to what happens behind the scenes. There has to be a cost to every benefit, whether it may be good or bad. In this case, it cost many tortured animals for farmers and food companies to become powerful and billion dollar industries. There seems to be no balance for these industries because they have sacrificed their ethics for profit. In one part of the video, I was glad to see that there are farmers out there who are willing to treat their cattle and herds ethically even if they were farming them.
Taro is much more work. You've got to plant it one by on unlike wheat your throw your hand to spread the seed, and these New Guinea crops can't be stored for years the way wheat can-they rot quickly and need to eaten in a short time. They're also low in
Small farmers benefit from consumers who choose them over Stop & Shop’s aisles of imports, and these small farmers are getting help from the government. When you buy local more money stays in the community. This would not be the case however if you bought from a big food chain which sends the money out all over the place. For local business owners, the money that is spent locally will eventually find its way back to them which in return helps strengthen the local economy and helps local businesses thrive and grow. While some argue that buying local threatens small farmers elsewhere in the world, they ignore that if everyone bought local food, everyone’s local economies would improve.
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