Making the Best Food Choices: Satisfying Environmental Requirements and Nutritional Requirements

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Introduction Today's society presents many challenges that were previously unseen in previous generations. The human way of life is threatened by over-consumption, greed and waste. Each individual can combat this trend by accepting responsibility for their environmental impact. The purpose of this essay is to analyze a personal meal in order to discover the sources of these items. Both the methods and the events of production will also be presented to demonstrate the environmental effort these actions require. The processing and packaging of these food items will also be discussed in this essay to further elaborate on the importance of where and how food is delivered to the end user. The essay will conclude on how to make the best food choices that satisfy the environmental requirements and the nutritional requirements of the consumer. The Meal The meal in question is one that I ate recently for dinner. For this meal I had a salad with ranch dressing, a pork chop, macaroni and cheese, green beans and two chocolate chip cookies with milk for desert. With this meal I drank bottled water. Food Sources MacPherson (2009) relayed an important message about where our food comes from. She wrote "there is a disconnect from our food, our families, ourselves. We sit down to three meals a day and it can be such an impersonal experience. People are tired of that disconnect." To reconnect with our food sources we must take a look at their sources to understand the greater

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