The Improtance of Food and Society
By: Amanda Dittmer
There was a time when I was able to walk in a grocery store, brows through the items. Without even thinking twice I would, like most, purchase the best priced items of what it was I needed. Now it seems when I walk into the store, my mind set has changed. I am noticing that I am putting price second, and gathering information on that product before I purchase it. Being a collage student it still leaves for most items to be purchased at the cheapest price possible, and in that case I would choose the best choice out of that category. I am noticing that I am looking at the labels to see the advertisement catches they use to lure in their customers, as well as looking at the information part on the item to see if anything I'm ingesting has GMO's. The only reason why I am taking all of this into consideration is because of taking Food and Society. Food and Society has opened my eyes to how my food is produced, how it is manufactured, and the marketing techniques used to sell particular products. It also has given me insight on the different types of Farmers the types of Farms and how through time their technique to produce, harvest and manage their food has changed. To know there is an array of farms out there is amazing, and the different types are mind boggling. I think ever since the mad cow disease became present, it has brought light back onto some Farms, yet that did not prepare me for the other controversies revolving around the meat packing industries, and why it was they found it easier to simply feed the cows the processed cows who had died. These scraps that the farmers use now have to be recycled which is causing most farmers to become upset as it means that is more money is put into recycling the products instead of just grinding it up and reusing it. Less waste is better in the farmer's eyes. Foods and society not only gave the farmers views on their way of running their farms but this class also...
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