1. Grains are highly destructive to the health of the human brain. It is a common misconception that whole wheat and multigrain products are healthier alternatives to white bread. But all grains are dangerous to the brain. When wheat grain became a dietary staple across much of the world, it began to accelerate the incidence of brain
The Corn Laws were accused of being responsible for the lack of food. In his speech, Robert Peel praises free trade and condemns the Corn Laws. Three main points will be studied in this commentary.
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.
Corn is present in every single meal we eat, hidden or blatantly stated we are always eating corn. Farms and other corn processing factories have had a major impact on the agricultural system we see now today. Pollan critiques how corn has taken over a lot of the agricultural system and how overproduced it is because of how much big corporations and grain exporters benefit from producing corn. Throughout this first chapter he states that if, “we could see what lies on the far side of the increasingly high walls of our industrial agriculture, we would surely change the way we eat” (Pollan 11) Pollan has strong feelings on how corn has changed the way we eat and also how this effects the connections we make at a dinner table and how setting and our environmental factors can really effect how we view and eat the food we do.
Pollan explains this situation in the quote, “ What 's involved in absorbing all this excess biomass goes a long way toward explaining several seemingly unconnected phenomena, from the rise of factory farms and the industrialization of our food, to the epidemic of obesity and prevalence of food poisoning in America…”, portrays the waste of vital resources being inputted into a larger issue. Because most people in America are unaware of these problems being directly correlated from the waste of oils and assets, we become blind to how it will affect us as a whole. However, Eisenhower expressed his concern with our excessive use of resources when he stated, “ As we peer into society’s future, we-- you andI, and our government-- must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow.” Truly, we need to find a solution to this epidemic so our resources of today do not become a history of
(qtd. in Prentice Hall 284). This elaborates on the fact that although corn whiskey took a serious toll on the health of people in the 1800’s, the use of corn in everyday foods has affected the health of many people in modern day America negatively also. Pollan uses rhetoric in many of his contrasts and comparisons in order to get his point
In “The Pleasures of Eating,” by Wendell Berry, I believe his quote, “There is, then, a politics of food that, like any politics, involves our freedom,” signifies the politics in the food industry and how the ignorance of consumers restricts their freedom unknowingly. In the previous paragraph, Berry discussed the, so called, american dream that includes the luxury of “ignorance” to the food that is consumed. He claims that if people truly looked into the food industry, and studied it, they would return to reality. He later makes a point that “we cannot be free if our minds and voices are controlled by someone else”(Berry 99). This statement is made because blind consumers are not free from the hidden truth of our food: such as the process, the chemical additives, and the state of the food we consume.
Sellers of sugar-sweetened beverages in the United States have agreed to work with schools to phase out the sales of sweetened beverages and unhealthy snacks mainly elementary and junior high schools “(Mello, Pomeranz, and Moran, 2008). The changes, enacted to fight childhood obesity, by banning the sales of sugar sweetened beverages could cost schools and venders a huge percentage of revenue. The best allocative efficiency practice to reduce or eliminate children from consuming sugary drinks in schools would be to replace the vending machines of their sugary drinks and offer
Food Production Practices In The Food Movement Rising written by Michael Pollan, the author argues that food is a huge concern for everybody, although the discussion has been absent for a long period of time. One of the most relevant concerns that Pollan refers is about the production of food and the effects that this food can generate in men and the environment. There are three elements that we need to consider about this problem, food production, food prices and healthy food. “Americans have not had to think very hard about where their food comes from or what it is doing to the planet, their bodies, and their society” ( Pollan178).
In “The Consumer: A Republic of Fat,” the author, Michael Pollan argues that a huge industrial corn production in America has led to the increase of public health crisis such as obesity and diabetes. Pollan states this problem is similar to when corn whisky drove people to be alcoholic about one hundred years ago. When American farmers started producing excessive corn in the early nineteenth century, people became alcoholic and suffered from alcohol-related diseases by corn whiskey since it was much easier to transport than fresh corn. However, because of the technology improvement and lifestyle changes around the 1980s, the corn has been mostly turned into HFCS (high-fructose corn syrup), which is contained in almost all processed foods that
One study discovered that the huge quantity of starchy material in the roots of kudzu might possibly be gathered from an invaded area and handled. One kudzu field can theoretically yield sums of ethanol equivalent to maize harvested from a field of the same spread. The study demanded that not only would generating a market for the farming of kudzu decrease the degree of invasion, but would also fuel the agricultural economy of the Southeast. However, there are many obstacles to the application of this notion, beginning with the lack of technology for the harvesting of kudzu roots. Also, kudzu’s standing as a harmful weed as well as its recognizable unfavorable results on the ecosystem would prove to be meaningful obstructions to the constant use of kudzu as
The Article “On Buying Local” has the strongest rhetoric due to the fact that it has more to do with more current events. In “What’s Eating America”, it talks more about what happened in the past. Examples: it talks about the explosives plant making chemical fertilizer in 1947, the 1950’s corn yield, and it also talks about Fritz Harber developing a gas for Hitler. “On Buying Local” it affects all the world young and old and the same could and can be said for the other story as well. The Rhetorical situation is, we need to reduce our carbon footprint.
Feeding animals, corn is not healthy for anybody, this process only affects the animal's ability to grow at their own pace. In Northern America, one particular Hispanic family tree, 70% of their family members are affected with both type one and type two diabetes, which can be associated with corn. A Hispanic family member changed the way he ate by becoming vegan. One of his main reasons was to stay healthy which meant cutting corn out of his diet.
Starting with “Hungry Planet: What The World Eats”, the author is a well-known and has a reputation for publishing many accurate and widely distributed articles. The author only uses anecdotal evidence. While pictured families may represent their nation well, and the article is an interesting one, they did not use a sample size that would have any real external validity. The article does not appear to be peer reviewed, and I did not find any citations of established facts. This article appears to have been made to entertain people, because it does not teach anything new, but it does show a new perspective through which we can view the world and our dinner tables.