Foodopoly analysis

analytical Essay
2262 words
2262 words

Essay Option # 1 Since the end of WW2, the policies of farm and agriculture have changed dramatically. Essentially the changes that have occurred allowed bigger farming corporations to gain in power over the local farm owners and adding to their struggles. The corporations have consolidated in the food industry, which allows them to glorify and idealize junk food to the public. The money it the corporations have garnered allowed them to possess significant lobbying power to alter the market as they seem to fit. 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. Many corporations produce the majority of the food because they consolidate with other corporations. A company that produces the necessary ingredient for the other may be consolidated to reduce costs. Junk food is cost-efficie... ... middle of paper ... ... rank animals such as poultry, and pay accordingly. Producing a high ranking animal as page 195 mentions can be costly, as the farmer may have to pay a grower thousands for a desirable animal. Small family farmers cannot afford to shell out the money necessary to produce high rated animals, and as such they lose out on business. Besides that, meatpackers supply the farmers with feed that is often unregulated, and expect the farmers to provide a specified number of animals to be processed. The hog industry has its issues that affect the environment or the consumer. The hog industry along with many others is reflective of the change in the meatpacking industry. Workers and small family farms share their own set of problems caused by the deregulation of the big agriculture companies such as Tyson, and it is assumed that it will not change if any regulation is imposed.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that corporations produce the majority of food because they consolidate with other corporations to reduce costs. junk food is cost-efficient food that provides profit.
  • Concludes that since the 1940's, changes in policies for food and agriculture have allowed companies to control a great majority of the market. local farms have declined in numbers, and face struggles due to low crop prices.
  • Explains that the fda and usda played a role regarding the occurrence of these incidents, and what measures were taken to prevent another crisis. food often contains dangerous bacteria such as salmonella.
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