Medications are used to prevent diseases in the animals and testing is done to ensure that animals are disease free before products go to the consumer. Conventional farming is how most farms farm today because it is more economical for producers and consumers as produce can be produced on a bigger scale to supply global demand. Inorganic is much easier with fewer restrictions, quicker and cheaper to produce. The consumer also tends to steer towards inorganic products as they are easier to find, cheaper and sometimes more nutritional as vitamins have been added. Consumers also claim that it tastes better and has a longer shelf
The graph in document 1, a food/population report by the UN, shows a direct relationship between a growing population and the amount of food supply. This rapid increase is made possible by Norman Borlaug's genetically modified crops that made more food on less land and were able to fight off plant diseases. Document 2, a speech given by a president Truman to the struggling citizens, says that many people in a food crisis are in misery and would do anything to escape it. This is fuel for the Green Revolution and its colossal effects on human’s food supply. Document 7 contradicts this thesis because it states that the people who experienced its effects thought it was a contamination to their culture and natural way of life.
However, biodiversity is vital for sustainable development because every livestock and crops are completing the food chain. The vanishing species, caused by subsidy on corn, provoke the imbalance of ecosystem and environmental crisis, like global warming. Eventually, it affects the whole city, or even the
Pollan writes, “Yet perhaps the gravest threat now to local food economies is, of all things, the government’s own well-intentioned efforts to clean up the industrial food supply” (Pollan 450). This statement basically means that as the government spends more money in an attempt to improve the overall cleanliness of industrial farms the local farms are forced to spend money they do not have. Local farming economies must maintain their farms as closely as they can to the government’s standards. This means they must spend large amounts of money improving their facilities. Local markets typically bring in less money than the average store or supermarket.
Eric Schlosser agues in “Cheap Food Nation” that the food and livestock industry in the United States is in a state of disarray. He argues that people’s heath is largely effected by the way food is processed and grown. In the article Schlosser uses rhetorical appeals in his writing to express his beliefs. He uses rhetorical appeals to argue that “the driving force behind all these changes has been the desire to make food cheaper and produce it faster” (Schlosser 1).There are four appeals in total which are logos, pathos, ethos and kairos. What I found was in this article Schlosser uses aspects of pathos and ethos frequently.
“Industrial agriculture characteristically proceeds by single solutions to single problems: If you want the most money from your land this year, grow the crops for which the market price is highest.” - Wendell Berry Many people question whether or not the morality of treating animals in a humane way outweighs the morality of cheaper food for a nation where 1 in 6 people are facing hunger, and/or starving in any way. Back in the day, a while after World War II, industrial agriculture was applauded as a technological success that permitted an ever growing population to practically feed themselves. Now, many farmers and scientists see it as a blind alley, rather made for factory work. The way we are going in a population that is constantly
They both want what is good for consumers and they want to inform the public. However, they both fail to include important parts to their argument. Balko brings up several ideas that some would think to be ridiculous and his explanation for these ideas is too-flawed to be taken seriously. Pollan’s “mostly plant” diet sounds like a good idea but chain-grocery store vegetables and fruits have gone through just as much de-naturalization as the beef industry that he points out. Overall, I would say that Pollan’s solution to the western diet would be much more effective than Balko’s.
Had he gone further into the report he would have found that organic fruits and vegetables are significantly closer in price to conventionally grown ones. We are all paying extra for the fallout from GMOs. This case indeed shows that food labeling issues are not only vital and extremely important today, but also that there is very hard to come to a solution. It would be very easy to label everything, require companies to let consumers know every single ingredient and in turn, hope to increase global health levels. However, it seems that opposing side has very strong arguments and companies are reluctant to sacrifice their profits in order to improve consumers health, which, very interestingly, is sometimes argued would not be achieved by doing so
To raise an animal for food causes harmful emissions no matter what practice is being used, in one case one may have raised a cow in a pasture and resulted in a low carbon footprint, and on the other hand most companies use factories for mass production and cause a large carbon footprint. In either case, emissions are being created, unfortunately this can not be bypassed. Red meat creates the largest amount of carbon emissions during the production stage than the other products companies transport across the world (Source D). If more people were to join the locavore movement fewer carbon emissions would be released not only from the decrease in transportation, but also in the increase of pasture raised animals and farm grown crops rather than
One problem that I see agriculture brings is it allows for less of a protein diet. Yes, vegetables are healthy but when humans were in top condition they were hunter gatherers were nomadic people who relied on high protein diets. As we learned in class though, if we as a race stopped eating meat, we could feed the world with corn. It does sound like a good idea but the human body requires a
Of course it’s easier, but they are actually putting the cows at risk and the people eating the meat at risk because the cows aren’t being fed the proper nutrients their body needs. This also ties in with farms reusing seeds rather than growing GMO seeds. It’s convenient and cheaper to reuse seeds, but GMO seeds would make a company stand out if they were taking safer, trustworthy procedures in growing food we eat. Monsanto is out to get a small farmer because the viewpoints differ between the two. Monsanto produces the world’s top selling herbicide, and if any farmer in America is trying to compete with the profit of Monsanto, they will shut it down.
With a population expected to be reaching the 9 million mark in 2050, the current food production needs to double to be able to feed all. The US is trying to give farmers all the resources and tech they need. The United States is going to be developing sustainable agriculture strategies, so farmers can feed their communities without draining their natural resources. In addition, the US wants to help people around the world. There is a goal to lift 50 million people located in Sub-Saharan Africa out of poverty by
Since the conception of modern medicine in the dark ages, the human population has grown exponentially. Ironically enough the agricultural farming techniques have not grown at such a fast rate, leaving more than a billion of our fellow humans to starve. This semester I explored the topic of hunger and some sustainable options we could use to loosen its grip on the ‘bottom billion.’ Growing up in a community that was very conscious of our environmental impact, I find myself drawn to talk about the environmental problems we are currently facing. This interest lead me to open the Despommier article called, ‘The Rise of Vertical Farming.’ but the writers appeal to my emotions kept me reading. Despommier opens his essay painting a picture of the devastation that unsustainable farming leaves behind using
GMO’s are in foods that are considerably healthy, like our produce, with many individuals trying to get healthy, while droughts are thorough major crop states, the next best thing is to use GMO’s so that food prices can stabilize and keep the people fed. In short, they are stating that we can’t survive without them. Monsanto in general will pose as an innocent charitable company,” The choice of Monsanto’s man” triggered accusations of prize buying. From 1999 to 2011, Monsanto donated $380,000 to the World Food Prize Foundation, in addition to a $5 million contribution in 2008 to help renovate the Hall of Laureates, a public museum honoring Norman Borlaug, the scientist who launched the Green Revolution.”(The Nation p. 3). This move allowed Monsanto to deepen their experimentation with the product unscathed by any
If the population wants to survive, stop killing the food people eat, everything is traced to water. Lastly, "Once this water is polluted with animal waste, polluted with antibiotics, hormones and bacteria that it cannot be returned to the water system" (One Green Planet). Yet some of it still gets in the system, there is no good way to get rid of that water so why create it at all. Farmers should take better care of the water they pollute and what they do with it