Essay about Anth342

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Ryan Burke
Professor John Bock
Anth. 342
20 December 2014

Response Paper 4 – How have economic development and globalization changed the ecology of human health and disease? In your discussion, include aging, infectious disease, and chronic disease. You should discuss the concept of epidemiological transitions Prehistoric humans had no notion for the differences between a PPO or an HMO benefits package, nor any reason to concern themselves. Similarly, most people today haven’t the slightest idea how to clean a fish. To be fair to both groups, our environment has changed drastically in the interim, as have our collective needs. A growing population has given rise to new solutions, so as to promote efficiency and minimize want,
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Even the majority of our meat is raised primarily on corn. As Michael Pollan states, “Without cheap corn, the modern urbanization of livestock would probably never have occurred” (Pollan, 2002). While this model’s efficiency is undeniable, the fact of the matter is that corn has replaced our livestock’s pastoral diet, in the case of steer: grass. As a result of the meat packing industry’s influence:
We’ve come to think of ‘cornfed’ as some kind of old fashioned virtue; we shouldn’t. Given, a cornfed cow develops well-marbled flesh, giving it a taste and texture American consumers have learned to like. Yet this meat is demonstrably less healthy to eat, since it contains more saturated fat (Pollan, 02).

This should be of major concern, considering the “authority” on the matter is acting in its own interest, an economic entity naturally strives to preserve its place. The same can be said of milk. Americans, baby boomers and generation Xers in particular, have been raised to believe that milk does a body good. This can be true for some, usually those in high demand of its inherent and fortified nutrients. However, there’s been a marked uptick in instances of lactose intolerance and it’s difficult to implement a one-size-fits-all policy with regard to milk consumption (Bock, 14). One study on the establishment of authoritative knowledge concerning milk cites an interview with a girl who struggles with her own

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