Government’s Role in Our Agricultural Society
“In 1785, Thomas Jefferson declared that ‘Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bonds’” (Waters, 2009, p. 111). By the way our society is going with the fast-food industry, this quote is losing its meaning. When Jefferson said this, families had to use fresh and local produce to prepare meals. If families did not use local produce, the food options were scarce. Today, when a family is hungry, ordering take-out is a simple solution.
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“They’re learning that farmers depend on the land; we depend on farmers; and our nation depends on all of us” (p.110-111). With this being said, leaving cooks to plan and provide each school with what is deemed healthy and nutritious should be the law.
“The notion that indigenous food is unsafe simply has no scientific backing” (Salatin, n.d., p. 177). The issue of food safety applies only to certain things. A person can go hunting, kill a deer, skin it, cook it, then eat it and it not be considered unsafe. Yet, a person goes to the garden to get some fresh fruit and unless it goes through inspection, it is considered unsafe. Overall, food safety is a matter of choice. “Maybe it’s not human health, but corporate profits that are really being protected” (p. 177).
What Big Businesses Really Want
Corporations such as fast-food restaurants are not concerned about health no matter how much it is advertised. McDonald’s salads are a healthier choice than a cheeseburger, but the amount of calories in one would surprise...