I was never the type of person to always be thinking about everything I’m doing or eating. Pollan’s words, “You are what what you eat eats, too”, got me thinking about how not only am I eating my food, but I am also eating what my food ate (Pollan 84). For example, when I eat a hamburger, I’m not only eating cow meat and bread, but I’m also eating what the cow ate, which is now mostly corn and antibiotics. When I first learned that cows are mainly eating corn and antibiotics, I was appalled. Though many may say that animals are being fed antibiotics to combat all sorts of disease, an article written by Sabrina Tavernise, who wrote for the New York Times, even states, “Farmers learned that antibiotics helped animals grow rapidly, and they began to add the drugs to feed and water, with no prescriptions or sign of sickness in the animals” (Tavernise 2014). The main reason for cows being fed all of these antibiotics isn’t simply because t...
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... supposed to be the future of our nation. Not only is obesity a problem, but so are the consequences that come with obesity, such as heart disease and diabetes. Conversely, Pollan mentions that Americans are obsessed with dieting yet we have a high rate of obesity, he calls this the American paradox (Pollan 3). Apparently, there are other countries around the world who don’t eat healthy yet they are actually healthier and happier than us (Pollan 3). A reason for our unhealthiness could be our insanely large portions or it could also be because of our food. Our food isn’t as healthy as we think it is, whether we are talking about our meat or our vegetables. Our meat contains antibiotic, which could potentially harm us in the future, and our vegetables could contain multiple pesticides. Our future seems grim, but we must remain hopeful that we could turn things around.
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