The Complicated Story of Food

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The Complicated Story of Food

Earlier in this semester I wrote an essay discussing my relationship to food and my understanding of how the supply of healthier food could be achieved. Based on my personal knowledge and the readings from the class, I came to the following conclusion: the food industry has a moral responsibility to provide consumers with healthy food. After reading further on the subject and contemplating about it by myself, I now think the issue is far more complicated. I now believe that consumers and business companies share the responsibility for producing healthy food. If in my previous paper I argued that industrialized food was unhealthy, now I think that this story is also more complicated. Assuming that "industrialized" stands for unhealthy and that "natural" stands for healthy is very simplistic. Let me explain why I have changed my opinions on these issues.
First of all, I would like to quickly correct a factual error I made in my previous paper. I noted that citizens of industrialized countries were becoming overweight and obese disturbingly fast and that people of the underdeveloped countries were suffering from the problem even more. It turns out that it is not factually correct. People in industrialized countries have greater overweight and obesity problems than those in underdeveloped countries because industrialized economies rely more on mechanized production of food and use growth hormones on a greater level. Julia Alvarez (1998), in her
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