Persuasion Speech / Eating Local Ann Arbor

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J Anderson
COM 101

Persuasive Speech – December 1, 2010


Specific Purpose: To persuade our audience to buy and eat organic local meats and produce not only for their health and protection from chemically and genetically enhanced foods but also to sustain and help our local community and economy.

Attention Grabber: Today I would like to speak on a topic that is very close to all of our hearts,..That being our pockets and our stomachs, you may ask yourself what do I mean by this? I’m talking about your health, Food and $. Tied together these things help to sustain our every day lives. Our economy is in crisis people are unhappy and unhealthy. How do we fix this?

Central Idea/Credibility Statement: My name is Jack Anderson, for the past 5 years I have worked in local organic meat and produce markets, gardens and farms from ranging from here in Ann Arbor and all the way to New Zealand. In 2005 I studied sports nutrition under tony deccieo the U.S. women’s soccer world cup head coach. Today I will provide you with information, ideas and steps to help you make better food and health choices, starting close to home.

Main Points Preview: We all have to eat, and most of us enjoy eating. As Americans we are inundated every day with corporate advertising persuading us to buy prepared and big brand industrliaized food items that are not good for the planet or us. They portray them as glamiours and convenient with bright, colorful and happy ads, Cows grazing in green pastures, produce picked straight from the ground and on to your plate. If these advertisements portrayed the entire reality, a dark side of the meat and produce industry would come to light.


(Transition: After much research I have found that there is a much darker side to the industrial food system.)

I.First there is genetically engineered seeds and organisms; this is when a seed is manipulated in a laboratory by a scientist to produce some thing not intended by nature. This is like taking the DNA from a chicken and combining it with the DNA of a potato, don’t get me wrong I like to eat chicken and potatoes (visual aid) but this is not right. These seeds are then planted and grow. According to the FDA the food and drug administrant. The food these plants produce has been proven to cause cancer and other health problems in lab animals. People have been eating food produced this way since the early 1990’s, most folks don’t even know this exists. What might it do to us?

a. Conventional farmers use chemical fertilizers made from fossil fuels that they mix with the dirt to make plants grow. They do this because they have stripped the soil from all its natural nutrients from growing the same crop over and over again.

b. Next the more harmful chemicals, Pesticides and herbicides that Farmers spray on produce to kill bugs and weeds. When it rains these chemicals seep into the ground or run off into our waterways poisoning our water.

c. Then the distributors irradiate our food trying to make it last longer so it can travel thousands of miles from where its grown our supermarkets.

(Transition: How can we make a change? How can you make a difference?)

II. Well folks it’s easy and has been around for along time. You just have to look. I live in downtown Ann Arbor and there is a movement for this thing that is becoming more popular by the day. The term for this is “locavore”, coined by Jessica Prentice of the San Francisco bay area world environment committee. “locavor” to describe and promote the practice of eating a diet consisting of food harvested from within an area, most commonly bound by a 100-mile radius. I know we are busy people, but here are some things to think about.

a. The benefit of supporting local food helps not only you, but also...
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