We are given a general idea about the history of the meat and produce mass production, by the two authors interviewed throughout the film. Corn growers, who are contracted with Tyson, are also interviewed for the shockumentary. The main purpose of these corn growers are to grow an excessive about of corn to keep it under market price so they feed the animals without breaking the bank so to speak. The film also explains to the viewers that naturally these animals would not consume corn in their everyday diet, however they are feed this product because it is cheap and hormones can be easily added to it allowing for the animal to grow at a faster rate and there for faster production. Sadly because corn is not in the normal diet for these animals it can and it is harmful not only to the environment but also on human health.
As for the growing end of the spectrum, Pollan then goes on to say that “It (corn) had to adapt itself not just to humans but to their machines” (30). Farmers eventually found inventive ways to mass produce this crop. Planting the crops in such a close proximity created not just more space, but also caused the plants to grow upward. This meant that it was easier for machines to come in and extract the corn, so this ushered in the use of fossil fuel. These machines were created not just to cultivate the land, but to also apply large quantities of chemicals to the crops to prevent insect infestations.
The use of fertilizers has become a big phenomenon throughout the world. This affects the fertility of the soil and quality of the crop. Cultivating corps like corn is a huge part of farming and our daily lives. “I believe that losing the ability and desire to grow corn sustainedly threatens our cultural identity and political and economic survival.”(Mt.Pleasant- Page 130) The audience that the author is trying to address is people who are interested in educating young Native Americans of the historical background; authors of the field of Native American studies, people interested in agronomists, educated farmers or farmers children. People who are more aware of this subject matter are the ones who would be interested to read this article.
Radical feminists argue that its the wives and not the husbands who are looked to in times of distress or when problems occur, Radical feminists would describe women as more likely to listen, to agree, to understand, to excuse and to flatter. Marxist feminists (who believe capitalism to be the root cause of female oppression) would agree and say women would be the ones to give the emotional support when men are frustrated from the stresses produced by working for capitalism. Being a slave to unpaid domestic labour, married women are usually financially dependant on their husbands, although women may be able to pick up a part time job, the responsibilities of looking after the family usually
Part one is Industrial/Corn, it describes how corn is the most important ingredient in the industrial food chain, while the second part, Pastoral/Grass talks about organic farming. The last part is on Personal/The Forest, here Mr. Pollan is describing to his readers how he could make a meal out of whatever he could grow, hunt, or gather himself. This document gives a book review only on the first section. Michael Pollan shows us how hard it is to actually choose what we eat given that nature itself has a lot to offer. Nevertheless, if we studied the American industry, we would find that there is one basic ingredient that seems to be in just about everything: - corn.
Michael Pollan suggests how industrial food system is unsustainable because of monocultures, which means a lot of the same species are grown together and that’s only possible by using antibiotics to keep them alive. To keep crop healthy, fertilizer is needed. For example, in Iowa, all the farms were corn and soybeans, which are for industrial use mainly. Separating the animals from the farms raises a huge sanitation problem and the animals are not happy with the conditions, a pollution problem occurs as well. Society is obsessed with productivity becoming cheap, which has made more problems regarding pesticides.
However, some women joined the work force and would do jobs that men previously had held. Some were not forced to, but they had to work as hard as they could to support their families during this difficult time. In contrast, the writer Norman Cousins commented that there was a negative opinion on the women’s presence in the workforce despite women willing to acquire a living wage. He also stated in his book that the federal government proscribed holding government jobs by both members of a married couple, and many localities stopped hiring women whose husbands with a minimum wage (Cousins 1939). Another aspect of the Depression affecting life of women was the moral argument against working-women.
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.
A great alternative to these products is organic or farm grown foods. E. coli, salmonella, and many other types of food poisonings are on the rise in the United States. Cows develop E. coli disease because of their strict diet of corn, and because they stand in each other’s manure all day. This is a direct result of the decrease in the amount of food inspections in industries and bigger processing plants. Today, there are only a few processing plants that process cow meats in the United States.
When women are represented, they are depicted as passive, naïve, or “feminine,” but in all reality, the only women who experienced this femininity were of the property owning class which meant work was a necessity, not an option for working class women. Mexican women laborers have been largely misrepresented in history by their accounts of social production and the working class struggle because they have taken for granted or ignored women’s unpaid labor. The ideology has been created that there is a division between men’s “productive” labor, and women’s no market based activity. Mexicans in laboring classes not only worked in the fields and factories, but had reproductive labor involving but not limited to cooking, washing, sewing and taking care of children. Mexican and Mexican American women have been overlooked in society, even though the reproduction and maintenance of the laboring classes is dependent upon women.