Argument and Audience Analysis Essays

924 Words Aug 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
Elba Gibson
Professor Cavender
RWS 280-14
February 24, 2015
Word Count 916 Project 1: Argument and Audience Analysis With the advancements in modern medicine, Americans are living longer lives than ever before. But does living a longer life mean you’re living a healthier life? The answer might not surprise some, but will shock most. Unfortunately we are living in a time where we are witnessing the most cases of chronic health illnesses, such as heart disease and obesity. Author and Chef Dan Barber raises some of the issues concerning America’s food production in his book “The Third Plate.” The issues with America’s food system are not only affecting our health, but are also interfering with nature in such a negative way, that the
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Barber’s theory of better tasting food coming from better farming is further supported in the documentary “King Corn” in which two college friends, Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney, set out to harvest an acre of corn. Their findings were that the type of corn they produced wasn’t edible and the corn industry wasn’t very profitable. Instead, it mass produced cheap-tasting corn. This cheap version of corn is used to produce other products such as high fructose corn syrup and feed for cows that shouldn’t eat corn to begin with. The type of yellow corn that they harvested is a big contrast to the organic eight row flint that Barber set out to grow, further proving that the more natural food is produced, the better product it yields. The concept of organic farming is further addressed by Pollan in “The Food Movement, Rising.” Pollan argues that organic farming not only benefits our health and the environment, but it also promotes a better economy for all, something Ellis and Cheney can attest to. Furthermore, Pollan addresses an important issue also brought forth in “King Corn”. The cheap production of food can only yield one thing—cheap food. The arguments brought forth by Barber, Pollan, and King Corn all address important issues related to America’s food supply. Some might argue that as a vendor, making a profit is the primary goal. But does anyone really profit? As these three point out,

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