american scholar by ralph emerson Essay

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Sheveon Wharton
Prof: N. Essay
ENG 150-002
09-12-12
Essay 2
Eating Healthy In America
It was Edward Stanley who said "those who think they have no time for eating
healthy, will sooner or later have time for illness". Most to all Americans live very hectic

lifestyles, which is a very challenging for them to maintain a healthy balance diet; so

as an alternative they turn to fast food. Fast food can taste good but is it safe? What we eat can

and will eventually affect our weight, increase or reduce the risk of chronic medical conditions.

The food industry influences what we eat and, therefore, our health. In the paragraphs ahead I am

going to expose the tasty secrets behind fast food and implicate the method of food distribution

that makes unhealthy food attractive.

To process food means that it must undergo a course to become what it is when we receive it.
Of course usually the use of chemicals are involved. These companies rely heavily on petroleum
and other fossil fuels, along with antibiotics and hormones. These chemicals are needed to help
preserve the food, to sweeten it, and to give it flavor entirely. The main ingredient that the food
industry uses in food processing is corn. Roush said "In the united states today, 30% of our land
base is being planted to corn" (Food Inc). This is due to the fact that corn is cheap and it is used
in the production and engineering of our food. Corn is a great raw material that can be broken
down, and be reassemble into something else. You can make High-fructose corn syrup,
maltodextrin, and ascorbic acid just to name a few all in which is used in the production of other
food. Corn is so broadly used by big food companies that they also incorporate it in the diets of
the animals in which they rear, slaughter and then sell to us the consumer, and fast food
corporations. In the book the Omnivore?s Dilemma by Michael Pollan he said," Beginning in the
fifties and sixties, the flood tide of cheap corn made it profitable to fatten cattle on feedlots
instead of on grass and to raise chickens in giant factories rather than in farmyards?."(39). This
should not have happened because I am pretty sure by switching the animals diet, might have
some serious consequences. I watched a documentary and it too said, "there?s some research that
indicates that a high-corn diet result in E.coli that are acid- resistant. And these would be the
more harmful E.coli"(Food Inc). I knew it these industries are taking the cheapest route and not
taking into consideration the health of the consumer and how they are harming us; I find that to
be totally despicable. Corn is one of many grains used on industrial farms and are sometimes not
conventionally grown. This often means they contain high levels of pesticide and are genetically
engineered. In fact it is known that corn and another grain soy are the two most commonly
grown genetically-engineered crops in the US, and little is known about the long-term effects it
would have on the eating animals that were raised on that diet. Pesticides are known to build up
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