The Locavores blame this to the outside production and transportation of products such as meat or vegetables. They have decided that the consumption of local food will help in reducing global warming because the distance of transportation of products will be small compare to outside production. Still, this is not completely true. The transportation of products is not greatest factor in climate impact in fact one of the greatest contributor to the Greenhouse gas emission is the production of foods (Source D). Also, the difference of CO2 produce by outside production and local production might be minimal if not the same.
For example, people usually throw away food scraps, which contributes to overcrowded landfills. A solution to this problem is compost because it is made out of food scraps, therefore it will stop landfills from overflowing. This saves space for us because it is impossible to get rid of trash without burning it and that contributes to global warming. Not only that, compost helps plants grow without any crazy pesticides that is commonly used in our food. One day, if we disappear, the environment will be just fine.
Vegans exclude meat and dairy products from their foods, which helps lower the amounts of fat, cholesterol, and calories. Foods like grains, vegetables, and fruits offer the body with an abundance of necessary nutrients for the body. The meat and dairy industries are very harmful to animals and kill them, just for people to consume dead animals for dinner. Animal agriculture uses a lot of land to produce meat and dairy, while people could be using that land to produce better foods like fruits, vegetables, and grains. Even though some say vegan foods do not give the body enough nutrients like protein, legumes have tons of proteins in them as well as fruits and vegetables, which most people do not know.
Protein is also a good source of nutrient as it allows us to gain muscles and is good for our diet. Sugars can be good but can also be bad, one must be careful of not eating too much sugar as it can affect their health. The vitamins listed on the labels enable us to know how much of each is offered in that food we are eating. The percent daily value of a nutrient tells us the percentage of that nutrient that we are receiving. For example the 5/20 rule, if a food has 5% or less of the daily value, then it is not a good source of food, but if it has 20% or more of the daily value, it is a good source of food.
Modern farming, though not as bad as it once was, still use processes such as plowing “The point of plowing is to kill. It wipes out perennial plants and buries seeds deeply enough that they’ll never have a chance to grow.” (Johnson) The destruction of the native flora and the erosion of exposed topsoil causes reduced soil fertility and land degradation. The main reason farmers plow their fields before planting crops is to eliminate weeds that might be growing beneath the surface that could cause decreased plant growth or prevent it all together. The development of herbicide resistant GM crops eliminate the need for plowing because the crops themselves won’t be affected by the herbicide itself. Water waste is also a big problem surrounding agriculture due to farmers growing crops that are not suited for the environments that they are being grown in, thus needing to be watered more frequently.
To improve the overall health of our society, should Americans embrace the whole food movement, the potential benefits of processed foods or some other solution altogether? In our society most people choose to eat processed food instead of whole food. They prefer to eat processed food because it is much more cheaper than whole food. Whole foods are not cheap because the farmers don’t use chemicals when they are raising the plants. I think processed foods are unhealthy because people around the world getting extra fat and some kind of illnesses.
Our ancestors used to eat fatty foods for the caloric value, unlike most people who eat sweets for personal pleasure, they needed these foods to live and thrive. The calories in sweets today and typically nutrient free and we do not require as many calories as our ancestors did. Many people also turned to food when they were going through a tough situation. They would eat to avoid stress and their problems. This is an environmental cause, something around them would causes a problem and then cause them to over eat unhealthy food.
However, not all carbs are created equal. Simple carbs (read: sugars) spike blood glucose levels and should be moderated, if not cut out altogether, since simple sugars carry no real nutritional value besides energy and are often regarded as empty calories. On the other hand, complex carbs like fiber, which aids the body in digestion and makes the stomach feel full for longer periods of time by adding bulk, should make up a substantial amount of daily calories (Benefits of Fiber). The extra fruits and vegetables consumed from a vegan diet also provide higher doses of antioxidants, powerful substances that prohibit the oxidation of molecules in the body (Antioxidants - Topic Overview). Antioxidants protect the body from disease and illness by destroying free radicals, which can cause serious cell damage.
Studies show that people who eat no GMO’s are significantly more healthy than people who do eat GMO’s(Kantor 10). If you’re on antibiotics at the moment don’t eat GMO’s according to research GMO’s hurt antibiotics and future use of them( Paturel, Yamakawa 8). And not even all GMO’s are approved by the FDA (Empowered Consumer 13). This connects to reasons why people are trusting GMO’s from big food companies. As you can see GMO’s are unhealthy for the human
Curbing obesity isn’t taking away freedom, in a way, it would make us freer. We would have more money to spend and we could have better health. In conclusion, the government should have a say in our diets because we cannot control ourselves. So what the government can do is limit the amount of sodium or cholesterol are in our foods. They can also limit the amount of food or pop we get at restaurants.