Friday, March 8, 2013
exploration 9 -FRESH- Emily Peirano
Fresh was a complet eyeopener. I was honestly surprised and disturbed by the conditions in which the animals lived and were manufactured. Fresh was laid out in a problem and solution format. The problem was industrialization being applied to farms. Americans always "want, want, want" but do not stop and think about the where the food grows, the chemicals, conditions of the animals, or what it took to get the things they want. Industrial farms create monocultures. Nature was not intended for such conditions. These factory farms are called "animal cities". There can be any where around 2400 animals of one species living on one farm. For example hogs produce the same amount of waste as humans. Massive amounts of hogs in one farm cause sanitation problems, toxic wastes, pollution, and disease. Joel Salatin, an organic farmer, believed the mentality of industrial farms was, "Faster, Bigger, Cheaper." Joel Salatin had his own solution to these industrial farms. He is the owner of Polyface Farm in Virginia. He believed in respecting mother nature. Joel's family was committed to healing the land. He did not believe in feeding dead cows to cows. Big industrial farms do this because it is considered to be cheap feed. When this happens it brings about disease such as mad cow. These companies are all about production. The goal is to push more and more animals through the farm in one year. The animals are given antibiotics to help the animals grow bigger and faster. Well, these antibiotics kill off the weak strands of diseases and create and antibiotic resistant strand. How can we just sit back and allow this to happen? How can we feed our children meats full of antibiotics? Why is there not a stop to this issue? A solution to this problem is the organic farms. Michael Pollan believes, "organic food costs more but it is worth more... Cheap food is an illusion."I feel that the food regulations need to be changed. We should support our local farms and farmer markets.