This page will not be up here for to long but I get so many questions on my transition to vegan. I have recorded edited and updated a video all in one day. If you would like to watch the video just go to youtube and type in Jasmine Barton-Moore.
NOW ON TO THE RESEARCH PAPER
18 April, 2015
Why is Organic Food So Cheap: Eating Healthy
Our food industry has been on the wrong track for many years. The government has given us false information about our food. Government has allowed for the United States eating habits to get out of control and still shame people for being obese even though they promote eating habits through the television. When wanting to eat healthier it becomes a job and knowing all the facts about what is in our food. The food America are given today has many different hormones and are also fed genetically modified organisms. For example if you think about this for just one moment, when animals get sick the government does not just throw the meat away they clean the insides and put it on the market to sale. Us the consumers go and buy it like nothing is wrong. The government tries to discredit many scientist and the facts they have come across because they don’t want us the consumers to know the truth. Things that go on in the human body in your younger days most people wouldn’t think twice about it because you feel perfectly fine but just like a brand new car wont stay brand new for fifty years. Our body also has wear and tear. For example growing up with a single parent, my mom never stopped to think ” what am I feeding my children, could this hurt them in the long run?” especially when everything was so cheap, when going grocery shopping people could get noodles ten for one dollar. I am twenty-three years old decided to go the opposite route and go healthy and organic. I would always have these allergic breakouts on my chest and my back. It would get to the point where I didn’t even want to wear tank-tops in the summer time. Plus my skin would burn so bad to the point where I would have to wash my skin with ice cold water. I couldn’t figure out why this was happening and I never thought it could because of the food I was eating. These were the same foods we had grown up on eating. When going to the doctor numerous times and they just told me it was a skin disease. But in 2014 Texas had a state veggie fair and that’s when I was introduced to a new world and my life changed for the better good. My goal is to introduce a better and safe way of living. U.S.D.A is allowing hazards into our food and nothing is being done. Government should make everything organic and natural. If we start by changing our food to organic then we can limit obesity, or help fight other illness.
Since the beginning of time food has always been America’s main concern. Many farmers would have issues with animals eating the crop they had grown. So what had happened was government came up with the idea to start spraying our food with pesticides, because even though farmers had land and owned their land doesn’t mean it was actually their land. In the early 1950s that’s when scientist began to play with DNA. So over time as they kept spraying our food with pesticides the little critters and animals got use to it and continued to eat. People like me started to ask questions and we were concerned because if the bugs are still eating the food then why does our food still have to be sprayed with pesticides. Of course there was no answer to that. GMO stands for genetically modified organisms, meaning that farmers takes the food and adds some type of chemicals to it to keep it on the shelves for so long. Or the same reason why the vegetables and fruits always look a perfect color.
In the Unites States we are one of the few countries left that the government allows GMOs in our food. There are thirty countries that have banned the food we have on shelves in stores today. Social media plays a big part in our food today. The reason for that is because before you couldn’t ask people if they knew exactly what was in their food. But since everyone is waking up and starting to be aware people are becoming concerned and are taking a stand. For example, other countries only put three ingredients in their fries where in the United States we have fourteen in our McDonalds fries. For example McDonalds has shut down their first chain of food in history, and will be shutting down even more. People are starting to wake up, and we are wanting to know more information with our food. When it comes to the actual meat, like animals they are also treated badly because they are forced into cramp spaces, forced to eat horrible food and that’s if they get food, animals are forced to poop where they sleep. Now in reality people in America does not have to give up meat there is organic meat too. For example, Caplan describes the horrific torcher some of these animals have to go through. He says the animals “have weak bones, the cows have mastitis, and the beef cattle has liver issues.” With this going on the government has done nothing to protect the people or the animals in that matter. But its broken down in a way where if the world just sits back and takes a moment to think about these sick animals that are cut up and put on the market for sale that just makes us the people sick. When its broken down into food logic when it comes to food poising I think that by the animals being sick has something to do with it. Caplan also makes such a big deal about GMOs because if animals have an early expiration date then us as humans do to, and that has nothing to do with death. Now the government could come back and say that the reason they started to alter our food is so that we wouldn’t go into a food crisis, but those times are over and government took it way over board.
According to Barbara Mantel and her article she wrote on preventing obesity she says, “The number of obese Americans has increased dramatically over the last 40 years, and in 2001 the nations surgeon general went so far as to call obesity an epidemic.” This is just another example of how GMOs have such an affect on the human body. That obesity in America is out of control because of the food that is served in this country. Not only is GMO affecting our health but also the body. For example Mantel goes on to say “One-third of children and two-third of adults are overweight or obese.” This all has to do with the food that is on the market today. There has been test studies on rats to see how long they survive eating some of the food that we eat. Of course government has tried to discredit them but if animals can not survive and have and expiration date then as humans we have and expiration date especially when it comes to food in America. Food is everywhere in America. There are so many commercials, different adds with food, but government has done nothing about it. In America food is pushed on us but when and if someone becomes obese it is their fault. There is no middle ground. People die from obesity but first it starts off with having diabetes and multiple trips back and forth to the doctor. For example Mantel also says in her article, “obesity and overweight have been clearly linked to increased risk of kidney cancer, endometrial cancer and postmenopausal breast cancer.” This is what the food America serves to their people and does to the body. But America has not stepped in for the greater good to say well lets make a change. Most Americans can argue that they are over weight because in America people are constantly on the go. The meaning of that is here in America most middle class work two to three jobs or just spend most of their time out of the house. By the government making fast foods and GMOs available to the public instead of healthier choices, people keeps the fast food GMOs in business.
We could watch plenty of videos or read articles on food. Even the top three foods that America is being warned about are corn, soy and just anything genetically modified. In America soy is everything that we consume. When it really does not need to be. America got the idea to put soy in food from Asia but in Asia they did not genetically modify there food like America does. Government has taken it as far as to put soy in baby formula. According to Charles Essex he says “soy based formula should not be given routinely to infants because they are at risk of developing allergy or atopy.” Giving a baby soy is like giving them six birth control pills to take and that could be the reason why most children are always sick. There are some healthy choices of soy people just have to know which one to get. When it comes to genetically modified corn that does something to rats that has never been seen until now. For example their was a six month test study on rats alone and they were fed only corn many of them had four to six tumors. The reason why you don’t see this in the human body so early is because we are bigger than rats. Most Americans start to have problems in their late 40s early 50s but do not think about this kind of stuff in their 20s. According to Jason McLures article he says that there are “170 million acres of GM crops in the united states.” Every where we look and turn America is surrounded by GMOs.
When it comes to fast foods they were always in competition with each other. McDonalds has always remained at the top, but now people are starting to become aware with fast foods and the actual ingredients in the food. But in todays society people are trading in their greasy burgers for healthier options. For example for the first time in history McDonalds has shut down one of their business and plans to continue to shut down more. More fast foods are trying to switch their ingredients over to organic or non-GMOs. For example Chipotle has just announced that they have switched all ingredients over to non-GMOs. Now we could say that Americans can only afford fast food because you can get a dollar double cheese burger at McDonalds and spend twenty dollars for twenty burgers plus tax of course. For example in Charles Clark article he says, “The share of the family food budget spent on eating out has shot up from 25 percent in the late 1960s to 40 percent now.” This is very true because the cost of living in America is so expensive so most people do not have time to stop their busy days and cook a meal. All they really have time for is fast food.
When the first lady took office she wanted to make America better by changing the eating habits in school. In order to do that she started switching out food in public schools. Her main concern was to target obesity. America can not target obesity without going after the fast food companies because here in America food is considered a food connection. For example you have different commercials through television and social media but then at the same time people are being looked down upon because they are obese. When food desserts came about yes that is a good gestor for the first lady but at the same time she can not just change the public schools. It has to be world wide. If she promotes healthy eating on the television and says that fast food is bad for the body then people can start to accept that maybe the world can change and head into a better direction.
Monsanto is the biggest corporation there is out there. So many people have tried to get the company to label their product stating that it does have GMOs in it. Ballets have been brought forth for people to sign but nothing has been done about it. For example in an article written by McLure he says, ” GM farmers and seed producers, such as Monsanto, say that GM crops are more productive, pest-resistant and environmentally friendly than conventional crops and that the fast-growing organic industry and misguided consumer groups are to blame for confusion.” When stuff like this happens in the media then organic food is put on the back burner because the company Monsanto has been around for so long. The reason why the company Monsanto has survived for so long because people had no clue about the ingredients in the food. Food that is genetically modified can last up to five years on shelves where on the other hand organic food last only a year.
When shopping for organic food it can become a little overwhelming and cost money. Usually the best idea is to try one thing organic. For example say you run out of mustard why not switch out the genetically modified mustard for the organic mustard. When you shop organic you have to know what you are looking for. According to Melissa Smith, “The NON-GMO Project Verified label is the fastest growing label claim in the natural food industry, and sales of organic food products in the United States continue to grow each year.” All it takes is a little hard work and America could be on the right track for success. Most low and middle class people can afford to eat healthy because they either get money from the government to support them or are working multiple jobs. Or in reality Americans like junk food and do not want to change their eating habits and prefer the GMO food.
Organic food is better for the body because it makes the body feel more energized and awake and the body can actually know all the ingredients inside of the body. When America starts to change its eating habits and makes the world a better organically better place then we as a world can avoid pesticides in the GMO food. Us as people have to make a change and decide to change our life around and protest and demand that we want better food to be offered to us. When trying to eat healthy there are some labels you do want to avoid. According to Smith some of the labels you want to avoid are “corn, soybeans, and zucchini and yellow squash.” These are some of the top foods that have the most pesticides inside of the food. Sometimes you may not know what to look for because most of the time labels are hidden. For example in big words that we don’t even know the definition too.
When you think of organics you think of how much money it will cost you. But eating healthy and clean does not always mean you have to spend all of your money on food. For example on different types of food does not always have to say organic because for something to be considered organic only ninety-seven percent has to be organic. People in America could try looking for something like that. Even sometimes some vegetables or products will say local and that is better than genetically modified food. What I mean by local is that the farmers who have local food could not afford to write organic but all the products used is natural of some sort so America could start off by buying food like that. There are many ways that America could change our eating habits they just choose not too.
I am not here to change anyone’s mind about the way they eat or the food they consume. I use to eat that way because that is the way I grew up. I was raised on those type of foods. For example the reason why I decide to change my life around is because my mom passed away and she was only forty-nine. In reality was it really the food, other women in my family has passed away before the age of fifty. So if I make a difference and tell someone along the way my story, then that is okay with me. Everyone can not afford to eat healthy and many Americans spend their time on the go. We as Americans have no time to sit back and enjoy the finer things in life. There are many groups of people who just wants to raise awareness in America. Sometime people want to change their eating habits but they just do not have the money to afford it. In life everything is about raising awareness, even if we can not make a difference over night it is all about baby steps.