You Are What You Grow Analysis

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Nancy Rattanapanya Eng. 1A-SJCC February 17, 2009 Food. Simple? Not So Much. Why must eating right be so complicated? Food is defined as something edible and that nourishes, but there are many influences that steer us to confusion about which foods are good for you. Our culture and biology stress certain factors that influence what we decide to put into our bodies, and we, as eaters need to know how to sort the good ones from the bad. Pollan wrote two essays stressing that we must eat real food, and take an active role in changing what our current food supply is distributing to us. The food industry, nutritional science, and journalism all benefit from confusing the simple question of what a person should eat. In ‘Unhappy…show more content…
Americans who don’t have much money to spend on food suffer the most, because the cheapest foods are usually the unhealthiest. In ‘You are What You Grow,’ Pollan notes that unhealthy calories are much more cheap than healthy ones. Those foods are usually mostly processed, and they probably claim to be “packed with nutrients.” Our food system sets out rules that regulate what we eat, and they make the most money from the unhealthy dollars we spend on food rather than the healthy ones. The government gives money to farmers and encourages them to produce certain products. Unhealthy calories come from unhealthy farms. The system we currently follow is obiously tweaked, and Pollan calls out for a change, but that change must come from the eaters themselves. The food system we currently follow is focused on supplying large amounts of food for a cheaper price, and that usually means that it is not the healthiest. Our plummeting health is the price eaters must endure just to save that extra dollar, or to get a “buy one get one free” product. 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

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