On December 5, 2012, Daisy Luther, a journalist from Northern California wrote a blog entry on the conspiracy surrounding “certified organic” labels that is claimed by some companies and retailers. She brings up the question of whether these labels being stamped on food can really be verified or are they just a way to empty out the wallets of consumers. In the website The Organic Pepper, the blogger generally gives advice for different problems people encounter on a daily basis. Through her blog entries varying from ways to stay healthy to frugal living, Luther states her opinion of governmental interference on our food supply by citing sources from articles from Natural News and Time Magazine. She first starts out by arguing about how the
Organic is always associated with chemical-free production. However, does the word “Organic” on a label mean the product is indeed organic? Eliot Coleman in his article, “Beyond Organic”, published in December/January 2002 in the “Mother Earth News” magazine, claims that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has become a threat to the organic farmers. Coleman starts to grab readers’ attention with his personal experience, providing strong facts about organic food, and applying some emotional appeals; however, his audience is only convincing for organic farmers but not strong enough to convince the ordinary organic consumers.
“Today in the United States, by the simple acts of feeding ourselves, we are unwittingly participating in the largest experiment ever conducted on human beings.” Jeremy Seifert certainly knows how to get viewers’ attention, as exemplified by the film blurb describing his 2013 documentary, GMO OMG. The frightening depiction of the food industry is one of many efforts to expose consumers of the twenty-first century to the powerful organizations that profit from national ignorance and lack of critical inquiry and involvement. Seifert effectively harnesses the elements of rhetoric throughout his phenomenal argument against remaining complacent about the food industry’s act of withholding of information about genetically modified organisms from
The three essays assigned this week had several common threads running through them. The strongest core theme is the rapid change in the food cycle in America and the vast changes that have taken place in the way by which we grow, produce, and process the food that average Americans eat. The food we eat now is drastically different from what our grandparents grew up eating and the three essays each examine that in a different way. Another theme is the loss of knowledge by the average consumer about where their food comes from, what it is composed of, and what, if any, danger it might pose to them. “Monsanto’s Harvest of Fear” by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele is a harsh look at the realities of food production in a country where large corporations, like Monsanto, have been allowed to exploit laws and loopholes to bend farmers and consumers to their
In recent decade, the United States has seen supermarkets continuously get filled with packages labeled with things like “Low sodium” or “No Trans Fats.” Companies stick these labels on their food to match the current fads of what is good for you and what is not. In his essay Unhappy Meals, Michael Pollan advocates a return to natural and basic foods, and deplores nutritionism. Pollan argues that nutritionism does not actually tell people what is healthy or not, and that the only way to be sure you are eating healthy is to eat natural, fresh food.
Individuals relied heavily on advertising and, more often than not, based their product choice on opinion as opposed to fact. Through the 1982 publishing of the “red book” officially known as the “Toxicological Principles for the Safety Assessment of Direct Food Additives and Color Additives Used in Food” and the subsequent passing of the “Nutritional Labelling and Education Act”, society became more aware and subsequently made healthier food
Anther high importance of reading the food label is that they list the ingredients so if you were allergic to something it is very important because if you do not read them and that item has the food that you are allergic to you or other people then it can lead to critical outcomes that can land people in hospital. So overall if you stick to always reading the food labels on the food that you bye you will always be healthy because of one main reason and that is if you compare your product with other foods that you bye and therefore you could cut back massive amounts of things such as sugar or fat witch is really bad for
According to Harvard Men's Health Watch, “In less than 40 years, the prevalence of obesity in the U.S. has increased by over 50%, so that two of every three American adults are now overweight or obese”("Obesity in America: What's driving the epidemic?"). The issue of obesity in America has grown over the years. Many adults are having weight problems now more than ever. There are many reasons why it is such a big problem, but in America, one thing that stands out is the food industry. There are so many unnecessary ingredients that are not commonly known to the public which makes consumers not realize what they are truly eating.
False Food Labels and Nutrition Facts Every day people decide what to eat, what their meals will be for the day, and what they are going to feed their families. All the food people purchase in stores, ends up on their dinner tables, premade lunches, and snacks. But food products are not always as nourishing or healthy as they claim to be. Miss leading ads and nutrition labeling/facts on products are used as marketing tactics that contribute to the health epidemic in the U.S. All products list their nutrition facts either on the side or the back of the product explaining the amount per serving, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, sugar etc. However if people compare the nutrition facts on the back from the labels on the front, it
Nutrition Topic: Nutrition Organization: Topically Specific Purpose: To inform my audience the importance of proper nutrition I. INTRODUCTION A. Attention getter: Did you know that more than two thirds of adults are considered to be overweight or obese in the United States? If obesity rates stay consistent, about 51% of the population by the year 2030 will be obese.
• Any required instructions for use. Food labelling regulations are likely to change following an EU-wide review of food and nutrition labelling and a European Commission proposal for a new Food Information Regulation. For more details go to www.food.gov.uk/foodlabelling/ull/labellingproposals.
In the United States there are two major federal government agencies that oversee the food industries regulations, the U.S Department of Agriculture and the U.S Food and Drug Administration. According to the Office of Regulatory Affairs, “the FDA regulates a wide range of products, including foods (except for aspects of some meat, poultry and egg products, which are regulated by the U.S Department of Agriculture)” to assure their safety for consumption. These federal government agencies have to inspect and label all food products and provide us as consumers with nutritional facts and values. In order to promote healthy eating habits, the USDA and the FDA have established nutritional guidelines and daily recommended intake values to educate
In a 1988 act, cigarette companies were required to put warning labels on their products. This proves that putting warning labels on fast food is certainly possible, the same needs to be done to all fast-foods so that all customers will be aware of the hazards of fast-food. Fast food warning labels will make it more convenient to know about your food; it will benefit companies; and finally, it will help reduce obesity, obesity-related illnesses, and medical costs. In Conclusion, it’s time for warning labels to be put on fast food