Industrial Food vs. Organic Food

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According to Michael Pollan (2006), “What we are, or have become, is not just meat but number 2 corn and oil” (p. 84). This is a quote that is hard to accept as true behind the health and environmental challenges faced by the current human generation owing to its deviation from its hunter-gather origins to dependence on industrial food. Unquestionably, most of the foods in grocery stores, local markets, and supermarkets are products of modern industrial processes. Major aspects brought out include the kinds of food and their sources, as well as the people’s views on the food. The term “omnivore” symbolizes human beings. Humans are omnivores in the sense that they feed on both meat and vegetable products. Hunting and gathering was an ancient approach towards food acquisition; many animals were killed for meat, while wild fruits and herbs were harvested. Presently, the same kinds of food that were adored in the past are still highly valued (Chevat, 2009). Crops are now being grown in large quantities and cheaply, and farmers have been insured from heavy crop losses resulting from pest or disease attack. Some of the typical practices that have enabled this include the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Industrial foods should be abolished because they are hazardous to people, animals and the environment, and should be replaced with organic foods which have more nutrients, are less expensive, and more beneficial to humans and the environment. Problems There is no denying that the impacts of industrial agriculture are far-reaching and pose a real threat to the environment, animals and more particularly, human beings. One of the major problems that has come along with industrial food and which is less associated with organic food is obesity. It is important that people get enough food to eat. However, it is something else when the same food turns around and

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