In recent years, with rising concerns about sustainability and health, the locavore movement has been gaining steam. Locavores strive to eat only locally-grown and locally-sourced food, often only looking at food within a one-hundred mile radius of their home. They claim that by eating locally, they cut down on transportation emissions and encourage environmental sustainability. However, this local model is not as sharp as it seems. The locavore movement is a flawed way to approach sustainability, as it fails to take in the most important factors of sustainability and is largely impractical for huge segments of the population. Instead, the sustainability movement should look towards farming and processing factors to determine the viability
Andrew F. Smith once said, “Eating at fast food outlets and other restaurants is simply a manifestation of the commodification of time coupled with the relatively low value many Americans have placed on the food they eat”. In the non-fiction book, “Fast Food Nation” by Eric Schlosser, the author had first-hand experiences on the aspects of fast food and conveyed that it has changed agriculture that we today did not have noticed. We eat fast food everyday and it has become an addiction that regards many non-beneficial factors to our health. Imagine the wealthy plains of grass and a farm that raises barn animals and made contributions to our daily consumptions. Have you ever wonder what the meatpacking companies and slaughterhouses had done to the meat that you eat everyday? Do you really believe that the magnificent aroma of your patties and hamburgers are actually from the burger? Wake up! The natural products that derive from farms are being tampered by the greed of America and their tactics are deceiving our perspectives on today’s agricultural industries. The growth of fast food has changed the face of farming and ranching, slaughterhouses and meatpacking, nutrition and health, and even food tastes gradually as time elapsed.
In America’s current society, only the elite and a few individuals who choose to eat healthier can afford organic or local food. This food or lifestyle is very expensive. Some people wonder if the price of organic food is worth the extra costs compared to buying value products at a local grocery store. Even though some people think food is timeless and food can last forever, it cannot. Mass-production saves time and money. World War II helped move America into a society that mass-produced nearly all food. Even though mass-producing foods saves money, energy, and time, the process no longer works and is harming people more than helping them.
Environmental advocate and cofounder of Eatingliberally.org, Kerry Trueman, in her response to Stephen Budiansky’s Math Lessons for Locavores, titled, The Myth of the Rabid Locavore, originally published in the Huffington Post, addresses the topic of different ways of purchasing food and its impact on the world. In her response, she argues that Budiansky portrayal of the Local Food Movement is very inaccurate and that individuals should be more environmentally conscious. Trueman supports her claim first by using strong diction towards different aspects of Budinsky essay, second by emphasizes the extent to which his reasoning falls flat, and lastly by explaining her own point with the use of proper timing. More specifically, she criticizes many
Is living a lifestyle of locavorism really that plausible of an option? Is it really possible to find all the foods wanted in a diet in a local area. What’s the definition of a “local” area? Finding all the food I need within a say 100 mile radius would be impossible. I don’t know of too many jalapeno farms in Indiana, and living without jalapenos is not living. Living in Indiana alleviates some of this hardship, but I can only imagine the difficulties a locavore in New York City would face in such a populated city. Locavores claim to be living a healthier lifestyle, but if all necessary proteins and vitamins are not attainable in locally grown foods, and that is all locavores eat, then they must not be living as healthy as they think. Locavorism is also a much more costly way of life, and more harmful to the environment.
Many policies on farm and agriculture has impacted the way food is grown in America. For example hedge funds, described in page 11 of Foodopoly have essentially set the prices of land in America and worldwide, usually to high prices. This has resulted in farmers having to either cut down costs , to make do with lesser land, or to be forced out of business. Along with pollution to environment, this policy along with many others results in the situation described in page 12, with lesser farmers working to supply the nation (from about 6.8 million to under 1 million). Most often, farmers sell their products at low prices, and are expected to pay off land that is priced higher than it is affordable. As a result, “Large-scale industrial operations comprising only 12 percent of U.S farms make up 88 percent of the value of farm production”(Wenonah Hauter 13). These corporations become the suppliers to the nation, which has led to repercussions of their own; junk food is prime example of the repercussions.
In “Called Home”, the first chapter of the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year in Food Life, Barbara Kingsolver presents her concerns about America's lack of food knowledge, sustainable practices, and food culture. Kingsolver introduces her argument for the benefits of adopting a local food culture by using statistics, witty anecdotal evidence, and logic to appeal to a wide casual reading audience. Her friendly tone and trenchant criticism of America's current food practices combine to deliver a convincing argument that a food culture would improve conditions concerning health and sustainability. I agree with Kingsolver that knowing the origin of food is an important and healthy benefit of developing a true food culture, but it is impractical to maintain that everyone is able to buy more expensive food. Kingsolver presents a compelling argument for developing a food culture, however this lifestyle change may not be practical or even possible for a poverty-level citizen. The following essay will summarize and respond to Kingsolver’s argument to demonstrate how “Called Home” is a model for novice social scientists.
As we stroll the aisles of our local supermarkets we see all kinds of food products, but does it ever occur to you how fresh or natural these products maybe. Organic farming prohibits any use of artificial chemicals, growth hormones, or antibiotics in the production of its crops and livestock. Organic farming has existed for centuries, but after the industrial revolution factory farming was arising. Organic farming does not allow the use of any pesticides in its crops or livestock production, but also helps sustain a good economic flow in rural communities. Although there are many benefits of organic farming, there is a lack of credibility some farmers provide within the distribution of their products and some argue that there’s no difference
In the article his article, “Eat local organic food if you like, but don’t kid yourself that it’s ‘green’”, James Delingpole is writing to stir up a discussion about a growing trend, “shopping local . . . to save the planet” (2010), and to present an alternative viewpoint on the subject – that eating local foods isn’t actually as green as people might like to think it is. This article was originally published in The Spectator, a weekly British popular-level magazine, and the longest one in existence there is in the UK. Delingpole is a columnist for The Spectator, with this article being one of those published columns. His audience for this column are the subscribers of the magazine, most likely
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