Factory Farms and Obesity

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The necessity of food has created one of the most powerful diseases in the health of today’s nation. According to the resent documentary (Silverbush 2012) it shows how obesity and hunger are closely related to one another. Obesity today has over taken what we know of most of the United States population. This phenomenon of unhealthy eating starts in children even before they start going to school. A large amount of today’s population is found living in the middle to lower class, creating complications when trying to support family’s with insufficient funds. When it becomes comes time to buy healthy foods for their family it becomes overlooked due to the high prices of fruits and vegetables. Times of scarcity lead the average American to buy cheap, unhealthy, quick and easy food products due to government subsidies. With food being an essential aspect to living it makes eating a necessity one cannot live without. Americans with low budgets are forced to buy products that are mass-produced. The high demand for food has caused a process in which food production has become degrading to the environment, the animals, the quality product itself, and the consumers. Large livestock farms create large amounts of animal waste that in turn producing noxious air emissions, water pollution, and potentially spreads risk of infections to humans. Billions of tons of polluting pesticides and fertilizers have destroyed waterways, are responsible for causing cancer, food-born illnesses and obesity, and are one of the many causes of global warming (Kallen, 2006). Many Americans are forced to go against the functional aspect of sociology and conform to eating products that are in turn dangerous for them resulting in multiple health issues. Due to t... ... middle of paper ... ...g/issues/factoryfarming/>. "Facts: Factory Farming." In Defense of Animals. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Jan 2014. www.idausa.org/facts/factoryfarmfacts.html>. Food, Inc.. Dir. Robert Kenner. Perf. Eric Schlosser. Magnolia Home Entertainment, 2008. Film. Kallen, Stuart A.. Is factory farming harming America? . Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2006. Print. Oliver, J. (n.d.). Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. Jamie Oliver. Retrieved February 12, 2014, from http://www.jamieoliver.com/us/foundation/jamies-food-revolution/home Silverbush, L. (Director). (2012). A Place at the table [Documentary]. United States : Magnolia Pictures . "Stop Factory Farms." Stop Factory Farms. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Jan 2014. www.stopfactoryfarms.org/>. Weeks, Jennifer. Factory farms: are they the best way to feed the nation?. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, 2007. Print

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