Essay on Food Inc.

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Tara Buchney
Culinary Arts “Food Inc.”
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Focus Questions:

1. Five facts I learned.. * 70% of processed foods have some genetically modified ingredient. * The average American eats over 200 lbs. of meat a year * 1 in 3 Americans born after 2000 will contract early onset diabetes; among minorities, the rate will be 1 in 2. * E. coli and Salmonella outbreaks have become more frequent in America, whether it be from spinach or jalapenos. In 2007, there were 73,000 people sickened from the E. coli virus. * The average chicken farmer invests over $500,000 and makes only $18,000 a year. 2. The facts and images presented in the film definitely changed the way I shop for food. I will be purchasing/ looking for organic products more often in the supermarket. 3. The facts and imaged presented in the film did not change the way I eat. I love to eat animal protein and I have not stopped. However, I have been looking to eat more organic meat. 4. I think it is very important for consumers to know how their food was grown/raised. There should be nothing for the producers to hide, however there is. Consumers should be aware of the ways the animals are treated, the use of hormones/ anti-biotics, whether the produce they eat has been genetically modified or treated with pesticides and herbicides, etc. These factors can be harmful to the consumers’ health and they should be aware of what they are putting into their body. 5. I believe that the consumers should consider the moral issues surrounding the treatment if animals and workers when choosing what to buy and eat. Many factory are extremely unethical, considering morals and consumers should be aware of this. 6. In many areas, it is possible to purchase two large pizzas at Poppa Johns for five dollars, meanwhile a head of broccoli can cost more than $1.50/lb. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations currently uses the following description: “Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food which meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.” Food security comprises several different components, including food access, distribution of food, the stability of the food supply, and the use of food. The opposite of food security is food insecurity, which is defined by the USDA as, “a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.” Various political-agricultural practices contribute to food insecurity worldwide. These include substituting commodity