After coming home from work and before going to the gym I reach for an apple. There’s something about an apple that catches my attention and I gravitate towards them when browsing for something to eat. Even though I consider myself a healthy eater, most people including myself consume food without the full knowledge of the benefits or harm it does to our body. Choosing to write about apples seemed rather simplistic and mundane, but the fact of matter is I don’t know the full extent of what makes an apple healthy. Add to that why someone chose an apple to create a statement of how it can keep doctors away.
Agriculture is the science and practice of producing crops and livestock. The primary aim of agriculture is to use the land to produce more abundantly to feed and clothe the world at the same time protecting it from deterioration or misuse. Humans had to improve agriculture as they became more dependent on food, creating a solitary evolutionary connection between plants and animals (Campbell and Reece, 2001). In this day and age, so many people have forgotten the authentic premises of survival. It is easy for some to believe that the grocery stores produce food and clothing is produced by shopping centers.
But, just because it is a colorful, fruity box, does not mean that what is inside is always healthy. Thus, what he is saying about our freedom makes sense, because of the way people are being deceived by these labels. By doing so, they are allowing the companies to put whatever amounts of preserves, sugar, fat, etc. into their bodies, and even paying them to do so! Also, looking at where the food comes from, Americans need to look at how their food is being produced.
Also I would connect this to the third and four reason that she talks about is to learn the origins of the food that you buy and also to deal with local farms and gardeners. I put all Berry solution together because I feel that they are similar to each other and depends on each other too. For preparing your food she says being more aware on what in your food for example when you go to the grocery store they don’t really have any information on how the veggies got there such as the loose vegetable that are sold separate we sometimes see a box that the vegetables were it but all it will tell us is a farm name or a picture of a farm. We are limited on where and how our products are sold. Is it our fault that we don’t know how our food is processed?
The organic idea of living has caused a shift in thinking economically friendly and eating healthy. People do not read the labels so we think we are eating organic but actuality, we need to look more in depth in what we eat. Wenonah Hauter, the author of Foodopoly, argues these key points and illustrates them in a way that most people can relate to it. California had fertile soil, warm climate, and rivers that made it the ideal produce state. In 1880, Edwin Nourse seized the opportunity to make a farming business by specializing, mechanizing, and marketing (82).
When you walk into your local grocery market it is hard not to notice the growing fad of organic products on the shelves, you can now purchase organic fruits, vegetables, poultry, meats, chips, ice cream and any product in between. Though organic and non-organic products may look identical, the difference lays hidden deep. In order for a farm to be dubbed organic, the farmers must follow strict guidelines set by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture). The rule of thumb for organic farmers is to use “methods that preserve the environment and avoid most synthetic materials, such as pesticides and antibiotics” (USDA) on their produce and livestock. However, in non-organic products many chemicals are used in the production of vegetables, snacks, and meats.
Specifically growing the same species of plants or animals in mass quantities without variation every season is not natural. Monocultures do not exist in nature (Pollan 67). Nature practices diversity and for good reason. In nature and organic farming, if there is a threat to one species, there are others to balance the decrease in the threatened species. Conventional farmers and the modern food industry argue that planting the same crop year after year is convenient and profitable because it cuts down on the different types of farm equipment necessary in production, and initially, in the types of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers needed.
Such "welfare" or "subsistence" gardens, as they were also called, not only provided opportunities for food and work but also helped the participants feel useful and productive. Today we want to grow our own herbs, fruits and vegetables for very different reasons. Unless we can afford to buy certified organic produce, we know very little about the fruits and vegetables we purchase at the supermarket, and therefore can be feeding our children strawberries with traces of pesticides, genetically engineered tomatoes or herbicide laden lettuce. If we want to place healthy food on our table, we need to know its origin, and what better ... ... middle of paper ... ...though it is true that an initial investment has to be made to buy materials for the garden, that could be kept to a minimum if we do some basic research and use recycled materials. Seeds could be had for free from friends, neighbors or community sources, and by composting kitchen scraps, leaves and plant debris we end up with an excellent organic fertilizer.
Jessica Dozier In an ever-evolving world of business and industry, some people may believe that they can have little or no impact on what our environmental state has and will become. I will admit that sometimes simply recycling those plastic water bottles or biking where you can just doesn’t seem like enough. That is why I have chosen to make my impact count even more. I am talking about my choice to work at Whole Foods Market. Whole Foods Market offers its customers an array of choices from conventional to certified organic, and supports farmers and food artisans locally, and globally.
Living healthy always starts in your home, and why not let it start by eating healthier foods. However, eating healthy doesn’t simply include avoiding fast foods or products with high sugars, instead eating healthy includes the types of fruits, vegetables, eggs, milk and meats eaten at home. Simply buying more vegetables and fruits is not enough anymore. Today, many of our local markets sell produce that is covered in trans fats, high calories, preservatives, and grown using toxic pesticides that can potentially harm the body. Not only do local markets tend to disguise their produce in what they call “a healthy option” but often rip people off for their efforts to attain a healthy diet.