A Watchful Protector

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A Watchful Protector The United States Constitution states the government is obligated to promote the general welfare. The meaning of this statement can be simplified into creating and implementing laws which will benefit the general population. The government has recently done an inadequate job of providing its people with the information needed to live a healthy lifestyle. Not only has the government deliberately hidden information about the food available, but it has been infiltrated by the people who have completely taken over the food industry. By ignoring the current state of the food industry, the government is a key contributor to the nation’s diminishing health. Government Influence on Farmers According to the documentary Food, Inc. (2008), the government does not give any incentives for farmers to grow food that is healthy for the population, such as apples and oranges. However, the government will pay farmers to grow corn even though there is already an abundance of corn, because corn can be transformed into almost anything. Nearly everything an American eats has corn in it. Farmers can make an outrageous amount of corn because if they don’t sell all of it, then they can either feed it to their livestock, or sell it to a factory which will modify the corn. The government has ignored the fact that modifying corn is a health concern. Why would they do this? Well, Food, Inc. (2008) also mentions how the government is now filled with people who used to be in important positions with the money-making corporations. Food Industries in the government According to Michael Pollan’s article titled The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Republic of Fat (n.d.), there are 800 million people in the world who are malnourished, while there are a bil... ... middle of paper ... ...e states in “Statistics of Health Risks From Eating Fast Foods” (n.d.), “With statistical associations to weight gain, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular conditions and all-cause mortality, regularly eating fast food can be a dangerous thing”. Something must be done before the nation is taken over by the convenience of the fast food industry. Changes Needed The government is a key contributor to the Nation’s unhealthy eating styles. As long as the population cannot afford the healthy foods, the large corporations will continue to ruin the health of the US. If the government does not step in, the current trends of health issues will continue to occur. People are gaining weight and getting sick. It is time for a change. It is a circle which needs to be broken. At this point America is going to get fatter and fatter, and the fat pig is always the one to get slaughtered.

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