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Although the massive production of industrial corn has revolutionized the food industry, it has also been associated with several problems.
The availability of cheap industrial corn has made it to be used as a diet for animals and this has made it possible to gather many animals and feed them on corn. This has led to the availability of cheap meat and more families can now afford meat. Pollan (2006) explains that when fed to livestock, they fatten quickly, get more energy and their flesh marbles well giving it a good texture and taste. It has also helped to sustain the prices of corn as the grain gets more utility as a stable food in many countries.
Despite the above-mentioned benefits of industrial corn, we cannot ignore the dangers it poses to man and livestock. First, it is important to note that the cow, an animal created to forage, has now been turned into one of the biggest disposers of corn. It is next to man in this. This un-natural change in diet has led to increased health problems among livestock. The most serious among these is bloat. This occurs because of less roughage and more starch in a ruminant’s stomach. In serious cases, the inflated rumen presses against the animal’s lungs causing suffocation. Another animal health problem is acidosis. This occurs because corn makes the stomach acidic and yet the stomach environment is normally neutral in PH. The use of grains has also encouraged the use of antibiotics on animals and this is a health risk both for the animals and mankind.
Even though we may celebrate the increased availability and affordability of meat, there are problems associated with the use of cheap meat. According to Pollan (2006), cheap corn-fed meat contains less omega-3 fatty acids and more saturated fat than grass-fed meat. As a result, more problems related with the eating of feed are associated with corn-fed beef. Increased use of corn feeding to livestock through the Concentrated Animal
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Therefore an enlightening document on food values and proper diet supplement is very essential. At the same time, the representation or the captivation of the thoughts into a very straightforward and lucid language is demanding as well. The book, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals” by Michael Pollan is a very enlightening and notifying document published in 2006.
The teosinte are also either rhizome-forming perennials or “annuals that reproduce every year from seed” (495). Corn or maize, however, has a rigid rachis called the cob and is made up of kernels (494). Although some scientists believe that teosinte is the ancestor of corn, many people do not because of the differences of the appearance of teosinte when compared with corn.
To justify the Omnivore’s Dilemma in human nature and choice of meals, Pollan investigates the entire food habits of Americans or American way of eating. To investigate and analyze the entire food chains of human food habit, Pollan throws an in-depth light on each of the food chains initiating from the industrial food to the final source of the final meal.
The situation worsened in 2002 when the bread, an ancient venerable staple of life, disappeared from the dinner table. The country was seized by carbophobia, supplanting the era of lipophobia during the Carter administration. The Senate had set dietary goals to warn Americans against red meat.
The researcher of this paper shall discuss the Pollan’s suggestion that food containing corn is not a good option, because it is not only more expensive to provide due to storage and transportation, but also poses more economic constraints on the society which go unnoticed.
The hidden liabilities that Pollan suggested, such as the environmental concerns, are unfounded, as already discussed. The use of ethanol as an alternate fuel options for motor vehicles should be encouraged and enhanced.
From the eighteenth century, the industrial success of laissez-faire Britain proved the superiority of free-market and free-trade policies. Through such policies, which unleashed the entrepreneurial energy of the nation, Britain beat interventionist France, its main competitor at the time, and established itself as the supreme world economic power.
Anything which is categorized as edible is good for consumption during breakfasts, dinners and suppers. The author presents human beings a dilemma of what to eat and when to eat it to be healthy. American way of eating as well as major food