In the world, there are one billion people undernourished and one and a half billion more people overweight. In this day and age, where food has become a means of profit rather than a means of keeping people thriving and healthy, Raj Patel took it upon himself to explore why our world has become the home of these two opposite extremes: the stuffed and the starved. He does so by travelling the world and investigating the mess that was created by the big men (corporate food companies) when they took power away from the little men (farmers and farm workers) in order to provide for everyone else (the consumers) as conveniently and profitably as possible. In his book Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System, Patel reveals his findings and tries to reach out to people not just as readers, but also as consumers, in hopes of regaining control over the one thing that has brought us all down: the world food system.
Schlosser also explains how America’s farmers and ranchers, a symbol of tenacity and freedom, have been abused by the food chains for decades, and become “completely powerless” in the present but regardless, fast food has become a “social custom” in contemporary society. In doing so, it has “fundamentally” changed “popular culture” as homogenization has spread across the US, ruining independent business, as well as destroying cultures all across the globe. Schlosser provides a strong in-depth analysis that mirrors that of acclaimed economists around the globe of how the fast food industry has the potential to lead to the collapse of the average American’s life, and that there may be more to the term “sustainable” prosperity than meets the eye. We should embrace Eric Schlosser’s perspective to a greater extent, in hopes that the truth of the restaurant industry can be revealed to the masses to protect the producers of the industry, regular workers, and the cultural identity of America and the world can be
Some of the antibiotics they put in there animals could help cure diseases like MRSA. MRSA is a disease you get from toughing raw meat with a cut on your hand or from touching meat then scratching your nose or something. MRSA kills dozens and injures hundreds a year around the United States. More than 94,000 people have problems with MRSA a year. The animals in CAFOS around the world consume nearly 70% of antibiotics, perhaps more than 24 million pounds a year.
Fast food companies have demolished competition throughout the last 30 years in the restaurant industry. The practices used to eliminate competition such as using unhealthy food to make a profit have been reported unethical by Americans, but it tends to be desired by the American society. According to the American Franchise Corporation, certified by TrustArc, fast food companies generate $570 billion annually in the United States ("Fast Food Industry Analysis"). These statistics continue to rise as more and more fast food companies become ubiquitous. As a result, fast food companies get richer, while people contract life-altering health effects.
Dairy cattle were acquired by rail, butchered, butchered and pressed, and after that sold to nearby butchers or brokers. Chicago had the biggest meat-pressing industry and sent its hamburger all through the U.S. furthermore, to Europe. At first, living up to expectations conditions in the meat-pressing plants were despicable - extend periods of time, low pay, no advantages, and horrendous mischances and passings. As unions started to rise and, as government moved into control working conditions, the specialists bit by bit moved into the white collar class with professional stability, advantages and an
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.
Millions of Americans view “hard and laborious” work as mowing the lawn or going to an office job eight hours a day. Young teenagers regard these duties as “chores”, miserable and tedious tasks; however, most of these people are oblivious to the mistreatment and overworking the meat industry workers experience daily. Since the 20th century, these employees have been exploited and taken advantage of by the large corporations in the food industry. In the novel The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, revelations are made about the evil ways of the meat factories in the early 1900s. Although the working conditions have improved in several ways, today’s industry is not much better, and food investigators Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan expose the realities
“The way human beings consume food has changed more in the last fifty years, than in the previous 10,000,” Michael Pollan, the director of Food Inc. states in the opening line. However, the constructed marketing schemes used to sell this food still paint a picture of agricultural, farming America. (2009) But the reality couldn’t be any more different. In supermarkets, seasonal foods are now year round, boneless meat is an option.
The majority of farmers are in debt due to purchasing the continued technology advances brought on by the corporations that hired them. The food industry consists of a small number of monopolies. Three or four companies own roughly 80% of the entire food industry and most of the thirteen slaughterhouses. Absolute
“In 2016, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimated that Americans ate an average of 54.3 pounds of beef, 92.1 pounds of chicken, and 50.4 pounds of pork, per person, per year” (Vegetarianism). Food production counts for only one of the many injustices animals face daily. Although they have been proven emotionally intelligent, mankind views these entities as subservient and continue to harm them. People around the world have created organizations that work to ameliorate the treatment of animals. As the animal rights movement nobly fights to improve the conditions of these living creatures, daily human activities and the moral values of some prolong the acceptance of animal equality.
USDA has repeatedly purchased meat from companies that have been involved in major bacterial outbreaks. A handful of children have been sickened because of this. To make matters even worse, the USDA buys the cheapest meat it can get, leaving the meat highly susceptible to having harmful diseases and pieces of bones. Even fast-food restaurants have higher meat standards than the National School Lunch Program ((NSLP)USDA provides the meat for the NSLP). Lastly, chapter nine notifies people that kitchen sinks aren’t as clean as they may think.
Morgan Spurlock, an American Independent Filmmaker embarked on an experiment of eating only McDonalds for thirty days. He documented his findings in a documentary titled “Supersize Me” As a result, Spurlock gained nearly twenty-five pounds, and his body mass increased almost fifteen percent. The reason behind Spurlock’s investigation was to identify the problem with our countries rise in obesity, largely contributed to a lack of fresh and healthy food being available. Obesity is an epidemic plaguing our country ever so quickly and one of the biggest reasons for it is many communities don’t have access to fresh food, and in many times that food if available exceeds the families budget. The United States Department of Agriculture (1) defines
Beef is a big part of the American lifestyle. People eat beef almost every day without realizing it, and can purchase beef from any fast food restaurant or restaurant: McDonalds, Burger King, Outback Steakhouse, Stoney River. Between 2014 and 2015, the industry brought nearly 89 billion dollars for the economy (Beefusa.org). There are many types of breeds of cattle that contribute to the American economy and life style. There are tons of breeds of cattle in the world, but the most popular breed is the Black Angus.
An article by PBS stated, “Today, America 's meat industry is the nation 's largest agricultural sector and sales of meat and poultry exceed $100 billion a year in the U.S.” This astounding statistics is one of many reasons why we should be more careful. A different article by UFCW identified that a whopping 20% of work injuries in the United States of America resulted within the meatpacking industry. As a country, we must strive to make this a safe environment to work in by reporting injures and hazards.
provides several examples of logos, the appeal to logic. Using facts and statistics, such as the decline in FDA inspections from 50,000 in 1974 to only 9.164 in 2006, and how the market is heavily dominated by the top four beef packing companies controlling over 80% of the market today, where the top five companies only controlled approximately 25% of the market in the 1970’s, the documentary provides reliable data to strengthen its logical appeal. Food Inc. is a persuasive documentary that undoubtedly illustrates the corruption within the food industry that has been deliberately hidden from the American consumer. While this documentary does an excellent job of persuading their views and opinions using rhetorical structure with strong representations of ethos, pathos, and logos, it offers few ways to logically overcome the challenges imposed by the food industry. Consumers are urged to purchase locally grown meat and produce though this alone is not an end all to the corruption within the food