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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

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food processing
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

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corporations sacrifice nutritional value, for things like cost cutting packing processes that can keep food from going out of date too soon.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.

Roid Rage


The effects

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?