Food Distribution And Distorted Agricultural Trade

2395 Words Apr 15th, 2016 10 Pages
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 trade, food insecurities because of poverty and overpopulation, and food deserts. These unresolved issues has led us to the production of GMO’s. The USDA foods program was formed in the 1930’s as a result of the outgrowth of federal agricultural policies designed to set price ceilings and floors and aid the farmers that were suffering from the Great Depression. Many farmers lost their farms, and the amount of farmland increased. Malnutrition and starvation became a concern. In 1933, USDA passed the Commodity Credit Corporation Charter Act (CCC). This act was passed to “give loans out to farmers and help them store non-perishable foods until the prices rose” (FDA, “Food Distribution”). Farmers had to forfeit their crops to the federal…
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