Food Distribution And Distorted Agricultural Trade

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The way we eat has changed more in the last fifty years than in the previous ten thousand. The image used to sell foods is still the imagery of agrarian America. (Appendix A) We are exposed to a spinning of a pastural fantasy. In American supermarkets we can find any product. There are no seasons in the American market, “Now there’s tomatoes all year round, they are grown halfway around the world, they were picked when they were green and ripened with ethylene gas” (2:00, Food INC.) Now many people are unsure of where our food comes from; farmers no longer farm but instead they have formed mass production in an assembly factory line. It wasn’t always like this. In America, there is uneven food distribution and distorted agricultural…show more content…
In 1935, section 32 was added to the Agriculture act. This addition was meant to bring stability into the market place and enforce domestic consumption, “The funds were to be used by the secretary to encourage domestic consumption of certain agricultural USDA foods by diverting them from the normal channels of trade and commerce” (FDA, “Food Distribution”). The purpose of this legislation was to dispose of price-depressing surplus foods from the market and discard them through exports and domestic donations. The Agricultural Act of 1949 allowed for the increase of consumption of various domestic foods, it also provided an expansion of agricultural production and improve the health of the nations citizens. In the 1960’s and 70’s, the Executive Order Increase Food Donations to Needy Families and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program was enforced and they disposed the surplus disposal of food to low income families. In the 1980’s and 90’s all the programs that were implemented addressed unemployment and homelessness, but none of them actually addressed the issue of efficient food distribution. Despite all these futile attempts to improve the distribution of food, it is still very inadequate which has led us to the production of GMO’s. In America we are currently dealing with food insecurities and the causes are poverty and
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