Food Processing. - A photo essay detailing the overly processed food market and the nutritional change we need. Cory Reinecke 12/9/13. Help Received: Images from google. THE Problem:. The problem we face today is an overly processed food market
- A photo essay detailing the overly processed food market and the nutritional change we need.
Cory Reinecke 12/9/13
Help Received: Images from google
The problem we face today is an overly processed food market
in which corporations sacrifice nutritional value, for things like cost cutting packing processes that can keep food from going out of date too soon. This ruin the freshness aspect of food and often fills out food with hydrogenated oils which are harmful to our bodies
In Season, all year
In an effort to maximize profits at all costs, food
manufacturers are using new packaging systems
that allow food to be shipped across country and
across the world. These new technologies allow
consumers to eat foods at all times of the year even
when the foods are not in season in their local
Grow them Bigger!
The fertilizer used in the large corporate farming business often contains growth hormones to allow plants to be immune to many crop diseases and to allow them to grow larger and more aesthetically pleasing. This method of genetically modifying the food often tricks the consumer into buying a product that looks good while sacrificing the nutritional value.
In order to give consumers more food for their
dollar, name brand meat and poultry firms have been
using things like hormones and steroids in order to
have their livestock grow larger. Brands like Tyson and
Purdue have been accused of this on multiple occasions
and also tend to use large facilities where livestock
live on top of one another in order to get the most out
of the space the firms use.
Diseases such as salmonella and E Coli often plague the
food industry as a result of poor health conditions in
the workplace. The other common problem facing the
food industry today is the rising obesity epidemic.
Consumers are seeing a rise in price on whole foods and
other fresh items, while seeing price cuts in foods that have
been processed. In times of economic downturns, consumers often
buy these lower priced, processed foods to save money. Unfortunately,
they are also lacking in the proper nutritional value that would normally
come with holistic foods.
A possible solution?
A possible solution has been proposed to overcoming some of these issues is already making its way across the country.
The local farmers market movement is already beginning to gain popularity as it promotes nutritional health, benefits local
businesses, and builds a sense of community. These markets allow the consumer to directly speak with the people who
grow the foods they buy and can get to know them on a personal basis. Also, these markets promote organic growing by
refusing to use pesticides and fertilizers. Instead of having a larger tomato for a cheap price, consumers are able to taste
a tomato the way it was meant to be. These farmers exclaim that the foods bought in large grocery stores do not taste
or have the same texture as a product that has been grown naturally. They say their products are full of taste, color, and
and nutritional value. The consumers and producers that decide to participate in
this lifestyle are creating a culture for themselves, one that promotes healthy eating
and a way that they can come together to show the rest of the world that beating
these large food corporations is an achievable goal. The food industry says that
without the new technology and processing, we wouldn't be able to have food at
such low prices, but can you really put a price on your health?