What do you picture when you think of the word “organic”? Do you see the fruits and vegetables that are found at your local farmers market? Do you see farmers working from dusk till dawn to provide you, the consumer, with a healthier alternative than the plants sprayed with pesticides that are found in most supermarkets? Do you think of your bank account and how much it is going to cost you to be able to eat like that? To keep food affordable and to help families be healthier should be everyone’s focus, but we also have to make sure that we don’t lose sight of the journey or process it takes for food to get to our tables every night. We need our food to be organic to help make a better Earth. I am sure that there are some people who really do go through and look at every little thing that is posted on the labels on different products while shopping at the grocery store. Normally I am not one of them. I would usually just grab what catches my fancy and not stop to think what exactly I was purchasing. Oh sure, I knew I was grabbing a gallon of milk, but I didn’t stop to read past the part of the label that had the date stamped on the side and to make sure I had whole milk or two percent. It didn’t cross my mind to think of what farm the cow that produced my milk came from, or whether it was homogenized or over pasteurized or if the cow had been fed whole grains or grasses. The closest I ever came to that in the past is to think of the “happy cows come from California” slogan that was adopted a while ago for marketing purposes. But throughout Michael Pollan’s book, “The Omnivores Dilemma” There is a recurring theme he touches upon that definitely goes along the lines of you are quite literally what you eat. He constantly talks about if you fill your body with junk food or foods that are very processed and greasy like fast food then there is no way you can live a healthy life. So if the cow that produces your milk isn’t being fed very well or has a bunch of chemicals in it to make it taste better, then you are drinking that in your milk every time as well. And don’t even get me started on the fast food industry. I have a four year old niece and it pains me every time I hear her ask us to pull over at McDonalds or at Taco Bell whenever we are in the car. While it has been shown that of all the fast food places Taco Bell is the “healthiest,” it still is not a healthy thing to be eating. That statement alone makes people think that it is ok to be eating from there on multiple occasions instead of very infrequently. I know that half the battle of that is from the convenience of fast food places. On the way home from work, instead of having to get home and then take an hour to cook a complete meal that might be a lot healthier for you, you can just pop into a drive through, not even get out of the car, and drive away with a complete meal within ten minutes and not have to worry about dirtying a dish or pan. But is the calorie intake of that more convenient meal worth it? There have been studies done to show what you can get for your dollar. “The researchers found that a dollar could buy 1,200 calories of potato chips and cookies; spent on whole foods like carrots, the same dollar buys only 250 calories” (Pollan 108). You don’t need to sacrifice healthy food for convenience. Instead of popping into the local drive-thru, stop off at Subway on the way home if you really don’t want to make dinner or don’t have the time to. Their menus and their entire marketing campaign is all about eating healthier, and even though they aren’t organic, they do get some of their vegetables from local farmers when they can. Other times, you kind of do need to outsource your vegetables from other countries when things aren’t in season here. “I am not, contrary to what you might think, an absolutist on local food. I recognize that there are times and cases when supporting local agriculture in other countries is the best way to go” (Pollan in
ENGL 101 J
Oct, 16th, 2014
Op-Ed Final Draft
Food is one of most important thing in our life, and we can’t live without it. There are many variety of different types of food, along with different cuisine infuse into each other. Even though food had become the main nutrient source to keep human a life, there are still concerns about the nutrition, price of the food, and education for children.
In America, most busy people spend too much time to perform their job…
1) CONSUMER AND PROFILE:
a. Why they buy organic?
i. 40 percent of our respondents who rated organic as "better"
ii. approximately 60 percent perceived organics as safer and as having a salutary effect on the environment.
iii. More than 50 percent identified perceived health benefits and nutrition value with organic products. Organic products also were perceived favorably in relation to freshness.
We have seen that purchasers of organic products highly value attributes such as safety, the…
Nutrition at It’s Core
A well balanced nutrition sets the foundation for controlling any type of weight, whether it be losing, gaining or maintaining weight. Higher prices on produce and expensive gym memberships are the arguments many use to try validating their eating habits and lack of physical activity. Yes, it is true; the price of healthy food is a little more than junk foods and fast foods. Are our bodies not worth that price? Our health should be our main priority in life, as nothing else…
January 26, 2015
Intro to Food Comp & Sci Prep
After reading the New York Times article Stanford Scientists Cast Doubt on Advantages of
Organic Meat and Produce by Kenneth Chang. I still feel like yes, eating organic may be better
for the environment and may be less harm to your body because you don’t know what you are
exactly putting in your body.
There are several different reasons people are willing to pay more
for organic produce, but…
Is Organic Better
The controversy over organic farming and organic food has been going strong for years now. When people think of organic food, they think of crops that were grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers and crops that were not genetically altered. People think of organic meet as animals that were not given antibiotics, hormones or other chemicals; and were raised on a natural organic diet. While some people debate on whether or not the new way of organic farming is…
NUSC 1165: Fundamentals of Nutrition
Chapter 1 Objectives
Define the terms nutrition and nutrient.
Describe two changes in American eating patterns that have increased chronic disease.
Define essential nutrients, fortified foods, zoochemicals, and phytochemicals.
Become familiar with the classification of nutrients, and how nutrients function in general.
Discuss how nutrition can affect your health in the short term and long term.
Become familiar with malnutrition, undernutrition…
With the recall of lunchables and other children food items such as peanut butter, parents have been looking for organic food products which are more nutritious and healthier for children. Organic foods have become the new trend in American society. According to organic.org (2007), organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Also, animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs…
dependent on plenty of exercise and nutritious foods. Health and diet foods retailers sell a variety of healthy foods to help customers stick to their diets. Products can range from supplements and vitamins to vegetables and protein. Some health and diet foods can be found in supermarkets. Usually they have their own aisle, and are coupled with the organics section. They can also be found in the fruits and vegetables sections. But many health and diet foods have their own specialty shops aimed at getting…
September 30, 2014
According to USA TODAY reports, 7-Eleven launched new fresh “nutritionally balanced” food, which is directed by fitness expert Tony Horton Kitchen (Bruce, 2014). Bruce explained that the first mind that we think of 7-Eleven, we might not think they provide nutritional food and drinks, so they want improve this situation (Bruce, 2014). They are not using healthy, organic food to take place of other stuff. They want sell both not only the beer, cigarettes, Twinkies, and hot dogs…
Are The Premium Prices of Organic Foods Worth The Buy?
Given the circumstances of the nation’s economy: Are the premium prices of organic foods worth the buy? We live in a polluted world that is added to daily with chemicals and disease. While interested parties have created heated controversy about which kind of farming production is most efficient in solving this worldly cry for help. The environment and human health remain at risk. Researchers have found that food quality is affected by pollution…