“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
“Faster, fatter, bigger, and cheaper” epitomizes the motto of today’s food industry. The food industry has changed, more so in the last eighty years. The monopoly corporations’ main goals are to achieve substantial wealth and to massively produce a product. The workers who perform the labor get treated like the animals doomed for slaughter. The farmers have a small say in the job he or she is doing; however, what choice do they have?
In the article, “The Omnivore’s Delusion” Blake Hurst expresses his idea that agri- intellectuals, people who claim that industrial farming is inhuman, have a warped perspective on the reality of modern day farming. Essentially, Hurst proposes that there are both positive and negative aspects to both industrial farming and organic farming. Hurst states that during organic farming when farmers do not use unnatural additives, the whole process becomes more troublesome due to the increase of molds, fungus, and bugs. The author writes, “… some of the largest farms in the country are organic—and are giant organizations dependent upon lots of hired stoop labor doing the most backbreaking of tasks in order to save the sensitive conscience of my fellow
Jared Diamond explains in the article “The worst mistake in the history of the Human Race” stating that “…the adoption of agriculture, supposedly our most decisive step toward a better life, was in many ways a catastrophe from which we have never recovered.” I do believe agriculture had some bad but also good things that came along although the development of agriculture was to happen no matter what. Diamond defends his point of view with a variety of arguments. For instance, he argues that human height changed in Turkey and Greece has decreased. There were skeletons found and paleopathologists learned that “…average height of hunger-gatherers toward the end
Rhetorical Analysis of “Attention Whole Foods Shoppers” In “Attention Whole Foods Shoppers” by Robert Paarlberg, the main emphasis in the article is that there is a struggle to feed people, particularly in South Africa and Asia due to economic and population issues. His focus is on the lack of involvement of countries around the world that do have food. Throughout the article, Paarlberg talks about how organic agriculture is not going to feed the world and exposes myths about organic food and industrial scale food. By challenging common assumptions and being ethical he effectively claims that the solution to solving these global hunger problems is foreign assistance. Paarlberg shows Pathos, Ethos and Logos through the thought of unravelling worldwide starvation by being realistic of the view on pre-industrial food and farming.
This theory postulates two fixed premises, that the capacity of food supply is finite and that human reproduction is uncontrollable without checks (Abramitzky and Braggion 2005). Malthus further developed the core theory that uncontrolled population growth always outruns nature’s ability of provision, because the former increases geometrically while the latter increases arithmetically (George 2006). Thus, Malthus concluded that it is necessary to call for preventive checks (moral restraints such as sterilisation) and positive checks (restraint through mortality by natural or human catastrophes) to control overpopulation (Gunn MacRae 2015), thereby solving the ultimate problem: the vicious circle of poverty—the more poor people, the poorer they are. First published in 1798, Malthus’s theory of population received widespread recognition by economists. His theory was integrated into the theoretical systems of economics and exerted an immediate and great impact on British social policy.
Laudan used her experience in support of processed fast food when she stated that like so many people, her culinary style was created by those who scorned industrialized food and from culinary Luddites who abhorred the machines that were destroying their way of life. She refuted the notion that processed foods are a disaster by presenting evidence of the nutritional, health and time savings enjoyed around the world as a result of processed fast foods. Today, feeding a family on only natural food is almost impractical and fast food deserves all the praise. The modern world is filled with busy lifestyles
The only good thing is the pharmaceutical sectors and the multispecialty hospitals are flourishing these days. I do not want to put the whole blame on fast food outlets and people’s eating habits. They are just one among the reasons. The truth is we are all “educated fools”. Despite knowing the deadly consequences of junk food, we go for it denying the fact that they make us unhealthier and less attractive every time we consume it.
These farms provide high quality food and produce, challenge and compete between other small farms to create this high quality market, and don’t use up our natural resources. However, with the rise of corporate farms, food quality has been compromised, they kill off smaller farms and lessen the competition, and they are depleting the natural resources we have. On the flip side of each, though, sustainable farms cannot produce in mass quantities, it is much more labor intensive and harder to manage and take care of, and it there is much more to pay attention to. While corporate farms, on the other hand, can produce mass quantities because the whole system is geared to their crops, tractors make everything much easier and less labor extensive, and they create a number of jobs supporting
This personal reflective are my views and attitudes towards the horrific things and great extents that people will go to towards making money. There are horrible things are shown through the documentaries, The Cove and Food Inc. which causes some harmful problems with humans. How have the documentaries Food Inc. and The Cove impacted your understanding of things humanity will do to make money? Food Inc. directed by Robert Kenner is a documentary that examines corporate farming in the United States. It discusses the use of organic products that are grown by legitimate farmers versus the genetically enhanced products grown by farmers that are paid enormous amounts of money to produce massive amounts of products quickly
After all some people may pick Industrial food chain because it cheaper and it quickly made .There are many health problem cause by eating Industrial food chain.Which medical checkup cost a lot. Also people may chose Industrial organic cause it say organic what people do not know is that the chicken are feed other animal waste. As well as some people pick hunter gather it not a good choice because you don 't know where the animal been and if it has a disease. I believe that local sustainable is the best choice for me and my family. In conclusion I picked local sustainable because it’s healthy.
The departure from the traditional, fool-proof method of success lies in who is making the wealth: not those who put their blood into the soil they cultivate, but rather those who stoically drive a tractor over chemically-treated produce. With booming industry in both the life of the Joads and the lives of 1930s Americans, hard work cannot implement in evolving society. In “What Is an American?”, Hector St. John de Crevecouer explains that “…what they [farmers] get is their own” (144). In the old ways of the American dream, this statement bears truth; however, with the perversion of its evolution, hard work is no longer accessible. The earth used to present an equal work opportunity to all; however, industrialization takes possession of the most basic,
In chapter 10 in Stuff and Starved they talked about about the the food system is benefiting you as a person by the corporates. The food system has contributed to so many diet- related disease and is even could be decreasing the life span of children in the recent generations. Food has been quite a change the joy people have with food is slowly disappearing. A reoccurring thing that is happens in the book is that even the food industry is bad there are people out their trying to fight against the food system. He discusses how the people get more involved for the food system than the government.
." Adam Smith had an economist theory that self interest and competition can lead to economic prosperity. In this quote I believe he is saying that, for example, the baker doesn’t really care if you and your family are hungry, but he will bake you something in order of his own self interest, which is probably money so him and his family can survive. If people keep buying goods and services because of their needs and wants constantly for themselves won’t that make our economy better? I think this is what Adam Smith meant with his theory that people buy many things out of their own interest, and that can help build up our economy.
In the article, “Don’t Blame the Eater,” David Zinczenko argues it is the fast food industry’s fault for the nation 's growing obesity epidemic. Furthermore, he believes people should not be blamed for their own obesity. Zinczenko argues fast-food is much more available to the fast paced lifestyle people live in rather than consuming healthy alternatives. He also discusses the fact so many people are on a low budget, it is then best and more inexpensive for them to consume fast-food. Zinczenko states a claim that the fast-food industry “would do well to protect themselves, and their customers, by providing the nutrition information people need” (Zinczenko 464).