Killer Void: The Food Disconnection

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Killer Void: The Food Disconnection Joshua C. Rodrigue DeVry University Killer Void: The Food Disconnection Over the last century there has been a transformation in the American food industry towards a more modern food industry and this turn has disconnected a large portion of the American population from their food source and the process that brings it to the table. This portion of America’s populace is starving their bodies of valuable nutrition and ignorantly pumping themselves full of toxins, to the point that they are paying for this ignorance with their lives. This illusion is being done by design, from the engineering of fads and the fabrication of false information, to the implementation of government subsidies and the industries…show more content…
The technology that was developed in this quest to revolutionize the agricultural industry was driven by one goal, so that one farmer could plant, grow and harvest more acres than ever seen before (Aaron, 2007). The impact that the technology revolution, such as tractors and food production plants, has had in agriculture has shifted the American populace from a nation of farmers, nearly one out of four, to a nation of consumers where a single farmer could now claim to feed over one hundred and twenty nine Americans (Pollan, 2007). The final transformation is when farming became big business and replaced the quality and ownership of raw food products with value added commodities and brand recognition. The days when raw products where bundled in sacks of the farm’s name and its pride, which has now been replaced with large elevator mills and mountains of surplus where accountability is lost (Aaron, 2007). The goal of feeding the world has now become one of the greatest handicaps in food nutrition, through the overproduction of crops and the depletion of nutrients in the soil. The industry’s attempts to overcome the soil depletion with man made solutions has led to…show more content…
With these fads being used to influence the diets of Americans and all the while health statistics are not showing any improvement, demonstrates the impact that culture has on the food disconnection. With iconic images like the food pyramid still being utilized in government nutrition programs such as Women Infants and Children (WIC) and in the public and private education systems, the American populace is being reinforced with information supported by outdated research (as cited in Hargrove, n.d.). Cereal campaigns promoting a healthy start to your day with products comprised of complex sugars, genetically modified grains, and a side of milk that is filled with synthetic nutrients that can’t be processed by the body are sold as the solution to healthy eating (Kenner, 2008). With the American public continually bombarded with advertising campaigns promoting new half-baked quick fixes such as Slim fast or the lemon detox, the advertising market continues to exploit the yearning for a solution to healthy eating. The “French paradox” addresses the role of culture and its impact on eating habits, it draws a contrast between the French populace who’s eating habits are motivated by pleasure and long-standing culture, from that of Americans, who’s

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