The food industry has been a big impact to people's lives by changing the way they feel, the way they are on weight and the appearance they show after eating the unhealthy products. In the article “When a Crop Becomes King” by Michael Pollan there is a quote that explains “To keep it well fed and safe from predators we douse it with chemicals that poison our water and deepen our dependence on foreign oil.” this means that some food products are covered with chemicals so insects won’t be be around it. Pollan let his readers know the truth behind the scenes with unhealthy food products to show that we should not eat at fast food restaurants since it is not real nutrients and healthy to your body. Most people do not know the kind of chemicals there are in the foods at any place you go because they do not research the supplements that are in them, they do not care and just eat what taste good to
Recently, American culture observed a kick in health food and exercise. Even so, our nation’s reputation continues to include obesity and junk food as common traits. The main culprits in the American diet come wrapped in a package. Preservatives, sweeteners, and dyes hide within most of the foods we eat. Even meats, vegetables, and “health foods” contain these things, but why? Efficiency in production and consumer appeal persuade businesses to include these ingredients. We have taught ourselves to ignore labels and warnings as long as the product tastes good. It should be easy to educate ourselves about various ingredients, but nothing could be further from the truth. Everyone on the internet expresses a different opinion: random people that
Some items at Walmart or any grocery store do not have any nutritional facts. People would have a hullabaloo about how their favorite food is unhealthy for their self and their family. If items do not have nutritional facts list somewhere on the object it should not be sold. The author states that “ The United States of America’s Governments agree with labels on items and menus and menus boards.” Some of the items say that they are “Lowfat or Fat free,” which is false
This is because people can only for themselves, for instance, when we go to McDonald’s or Burger King, none of us go for the healthy foods like salads, they go for something that will satisfy their taste buds and what they crave. People are the only ones who can change their diets and how they eat. Any company that decides to reduce fats, carbs, calories, and salts, the ingredients still remain the
With having true genuine intentions in eating healthy people fall into the ideas advertised by cooperation’s that their products are healthy. Food corporations protect themselves through ingredient secrecy and even through the FDA because they are not required by law to disclose their ingredients; however, the chemicals used need to be considered by the FDA to be Generally Regarded As Safe (Schlosser 25). People should take responsibility in the research of the food products they consume; therefore, allowing an individual to be wise and informed of what their really consuming. Maybe, instead of cutting corners in trying to eat healthy with false idealistic advertisement consumers should consider eating fresh fruits, vegetables, and cooking ingredients. Consumers should like the author Pollan suggested in his rules of thumb: avoid food products unfamiliar, unpronounceable ingredients, and products containing more than five ingredients (Pollan
America has been faced with the growing obesity epidemic. This is becoming very wide spread among all races and class levels due in part to the abundance of inexpensive food available and how easily people are becoming persuaded to but things they do not need. David Zinczenko published article “Don’t Blame the Eater”, Zinczenko argues that fast-food industries are not doing their job to provide clear enough nutritional information for hazardous food.
Zinczencko complains that unlike many other hazardous items, fast food does not come with warnings on how terrible the food is for one’s health and its future effects. He emphasizes that even if the customers were able to obtain the nutritional facts, they are not palpable, but rather obscure. He points out that the fast-food companies make the nutrition labels vague and misleading; they calculate the calories for every separate part of the meal, and they make it so the consumer must pay attention to serving size as well. He observes that the fast-food industry can get away with confusing labels because there are not any Food and Drug Administration labeling requisites (Word Smart, p. 220) covering fast food. Zinczenko complains that there is not any sort of nutritional labeling on the menus at fast-food restaurants. Now, nine years later, there are some changes, but his point is still valid. McDonald’s menu now states the calories of each meal, but as Zinczenko points out, it is very difficult to
Throughout the years, there has been an incredible amount of speculation as to what ingredients are being put into the food we consume. The same food manufactured by major food corporations that can only be approved by the FDA. There are many techniques that these food corporations can use in order to gain consumer loyalty, but the main focus is the way their advertising works. Along with these advertisements, comes a target market as well. The food industry is constantly in speculation because there are always new foods that corporations want approved to sell. Some of these businesses are part of the fast food industry and others are international food companies that sell their products around the world. As adults and parents, we need to
Most people desire to consume only what satisfies their taste buds, which is mainly foods and beverages that contain high levels of unhealthy ingredients, but they do not realize the harm it causes to their health. General Mills conducted an experiment in order to see how consumers would react when they had the option to buy healthy products or foods that tasted good: “General Mills, he said, acted responsibly to both the public and shareholders by offering products to satisfy dieters and other concerned shoppers, from low sugar to added whole grains. But most often, he said, people bought what they liked, and they liked what tasted good” (Moss 476). Companies of course need to keep their businesses running and in order to do that, they must manufacture
Some fast-food purveyors will provide calorie information on request, but even that can be hard to understand (Zinczenco, 2002.) The essence of Zinczenco’s s argument is that Americans are unable to be fully informed of the harm the food they consume completely inflicts their health. This backs of the writers claim, that you are unable to place the complete blame of obesity, completely on the consumer. If consumers are completely oblivious to the fact that there food labels are completely rigged, how is it even possible for the consumer to get the truth? The easy answer would be repeatedly placing the blame on the consumer, and saying they should do extensive research on the food which they eat. But in complete honesty, this is a ridiculous standard which most Americans won't bother putting time and effort into. This quote ties back into Zinczenco’s claim that the cooperation which serve such unhealthy food are at fault, for it is they who feed food that can lead to a life altering disease, without properly informing the consumer.
Supposedly responsible for regulating food consumption and health standards, the USDA and FDA set forth criteria that food processing companies must abide by to successfully keep food safe for consumers. However, I feel as though these government organizations, in combination with greedy corporations, are failing at their jobs, leaving consumers to fend for themselves in food safety. For this exact reason, we, as a society, deserve the right to know what is in our food; our daily nourishment is simply not something meant to be feared or questioned. Food labeling and daily advertising are essential tools that aid in avoiding such horror, providing even slightly more insight to purchasers. Information provided through these tactics should be honest, approved, and reliable, requested by the consumer upon desire for making wise decisions; major corporate businesses, in no way, shape, or form, should be granted permission to decide what types of information should be disclosed, as their secretive nature could possibly interfere with this aspect of food safety greatly. Similar to how everyone deserves to be informed of the nourishment they are providing themselves, I also believe that access to healthy food should be available to everyone, making it a basic right. As long as people are willing to work and process the healthy food we eat, they also should be able to partake. Overall, my opinions and beliefs on the food industry will never be what they once were; they will forever be distorted by the lucrative, profit-seeking motives guiding major food corporations across the
When dealing with food, Americans are forced to put their trust into the food industry. Although, there has been an increase of awareness, not enough, on how the industry grows food, processes, and what Americans consume. The United States is riddled with food industry immorality, obesity, and inadequate nutrition education. The government should have more control of the food industry, beyond the mandating of Nutrition Facts labels. In order to enhance the life quality of Americans, the government should partake in a more significant role with food industry regulation.
Before watching Food, Inc., my knowledge of the food system was very minimal. I was aware that it was a large industry due to the society’s population but never thought about the harmful effects of it. It was shocking to learn about the horrors of the food industry being that we consume food every day. As seen in the movie, the large multinational companies that control the food system work their hardest to hide the truth about what we are eating. If companies were to reveal what happens behind closed doors, it is most likely consumers such as me would cease eating inorganic products.
nowadays, people do not know what they are eating. The majority of most Americans would not be able to pronounce the names of the ingredients listed on the package of the last snack food they consumed. Consumers “ignore certain critical questions about the quality and the cost of what they are sold: How fresh is it? How clean or pure is it, how free of dangerous chemicals? … When the food has been manufactured or “processed” or “precooked,” how has that affected its quality or price or nutritional value?” (Berry, 24) It is of utmost importance that we understand what the food that lines the grocery store shelves is actually