The methods of industrial agriculture are techno science, economic, and political. The Industrial farming system was “developed decades after World War II”. This system was designed to chemically invest food production. This was done by featuring single crop-farms and animal production factices. This way of production is necessary because it’s a more efficient way to feed people.
The Green Revolution was the introduction of new crops and new agricultural technologies. It is called a revolution because of the extensive effect it had worldwide. It was caused by the need for improvement of overall living conditions. It brought about both positive and negative changes to society. It brought an increase in food supply, changes in lifestyle, and changes of the treatment of the planet.
Corn is in a lot of food. For example McDonalds has put corn syrup in all their products. A lot of corn syrup is not healthy and if you ingest too much corn/corn syrup it can slowly cause you to be obese. An abundance of confusion has complicated the use of high fructose corn syrup since it was introduced as an industrial sweetener – a replacement for sugar, but when the product manufacturers replace the sugar with corn syrup it’s adding more sugar into that product because there is lots of sugar in corn syrup. This caused a huge increase in the obese population.
The agricultural revolution paved a path for the industrial revolution to take place. After 1700, people approached the same task, but in a different manner. Making it easier to feed the population, benefit from profitable trading, and the little drastic changes. Technologies, livestock, and global economy evolved throughout the years. Corn and potatoes grew to become staple crops of Britain.
Thanks to advance in science and tech, modern agriculture has succeeded in providing foods that are aesthetically appealing but are gradually killing humans. There is a lot of pundits that are even submitting claims that modern agriculture destroys flavor of food. Staying away from these classes of foods might not be an easy decision but is good in the long run. The next time someone walks in with a family size bag of Peanut that will make you feel awesome for about half an hour, think about the long term effect. Think about how the sugar in the peanut is gradually killing you and how consuming the peanut will end up sabotaging your weight loss goals.
According to 5 reasons we should not slaughter animals for food, “ Research has proven that plants contain all the vitamins and nutrients that the human body needs to thrive” (Abigail Geer). We would all benefit healthily is we stopped eating meat, 8 reasons to stop eating meat states, “ You will look better. The extra vitamins and minerals you’ll take on contribute to better hair, skin, and nails” (No Author). Everyone wants to be healthier, and giving up meat is one step towards better health. Meat has been proven to cause some disease, 8 Reasons You Should Stop Eating Meat says, “ A carnivorous diet increases your risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
These seeds are resistant to pesticides and have the ability to grow in harsh conditions, which is why they have their use has increased. More and more plants are becoming genetically modified and soon all plants may have some trace of genetic modification. “GMO free” labels are also not accurate because they product most likely contains GMOs but they are small traces that are not counted. Chipotle Mexican Grill uses meat from cows that eat genetically modified corn despite their “G M Over it” campaign and claims of being GMO free (Aubrey para 6). The FDA is not able to test for small traces of genetic modification or the presence of all GM or GE ingredients (Wunderlich and Gatto 7).
It is believed that a plant-based diet can lower our risk cancer, heart disease, strokes, and diabetes. Not only are the products bad for you, but the animals are murdered everyday so we humans can eat a steak or a hamburger. The egg and dairy
Monsanto has introduced a wise alternative of planting crops to farmers with its products, known as transgenic seeds and herbicide Roundup. At first, the company states that the biotech seeds will help farmers save time to kill insects and save money to pay for insecticides (“Monsanto,” 2015). However, the statements become contradictory when the company increases the price of soybean seeds by 24% (Baird, 2015), causing farmers to pay more, as they were prohibited to save GM seeds due to the 101 utility patents (Smith, 2010). The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate three ways in which Monsanto leaves negative impacts on farmers, food consumers, and the human health. This paper will focus on seed monopoly, control of the global food supply,
Examples include herbicide resistant corn and soy which are resistant to the herbicide Roundup, made by Monsanto. Roughly 90% of all corn and soy sold in North America is genetically modified. Also be aware of derivatives of genetically modified ingredients (such as corn starch and corn syrup etc.). It has also been suggested that consuming GMOs is a contributing factor to the rise in allergies as our bodies are recognizing these food substances as foreign (3). By choosing items with the "certified organic" label, you avoid both GMOs and toxic herbicides/pesticides.
In the film “King Corn” two men set out to discover where their food came from and how it was produced. Once they learned that they both had family descending from a small town in Iowa they decided to move back and rent an acre of land to produce and study the life of corn. Though, what they found was all too concerning when it came to government involvement in the production and consumption of modern day food. There have been several bills and laws that have been set in place and have completely altered the production of America’s food sources. The United States Agriculture Policy has taken quite a turn since the 1930’s when subsidies where put in place so that overproduction could not occur and prices would not decrease.
Farmers continue to buy hybrid corn seed from large agribusiness companies to grow on farms for it can be mass produced. An even newer invention is the GMO, genetically modified organism. It is where you can alter the genes of a plant, by adding certain types of DNA. This corn is not only put in our food, but it is to pigs, chicken, and cattle who are injected with hormones and antibiotics. We are then eating these animals, and with them the hormones and antibiotics they contain.
By genetically modifying foods, scientists are able to create products with better nutritional values, flavors, and textures. As stated in “Genetically Modified Foods,” “Regular rice is not very nutritious, so scientists have genetically modified rice plants.” The modified plants produce proteins that give rice additional iron and vitamins. Essentially, there are many benefits when particular crops are altered, which strongly contradicts Hawthorne’s view of scientists. In both “The Birthmark” and “Rappaccini’s Daughter”, scientists attempt to control nature resulting in severe consequences. However, according to many sources individuals involved in biotechnology have produced crops with enhanced nutritional value and flavor.
This in turn will have detrimental effects on the current ecosystem, by killing different animals in the food chain it will disrupt the balance, the homeostasis. People do not typically eat rats here in America, but countless hunters eat the hogs they kill. Warfarin is being used to treat thrombosis in very small controlled quantities, unlike what would happen if a hunter ate an infected hog, if a hunter ate an infected hog there would be no way to control the amount of Warfarin that is ingested. Warfarin is also found to be more likely than any other drug to “put patients in the emergency room,” and that is the type deemed safe for us by the FDA