Compare/Contrast Organic Food vs Processed Food Essay

961 Words Nov 15th, 2012 4 Pages
Taylor 1
Professor Williams
English 1010
7 October 2012
Organic Food vs. Processed Food How important is the food that the averages person puts into their bodies every day? Eating is a way of making peace, passing the time, sharing friendships, and having a communion. The narrator of Food Inc points out that, “The way we eat has changed more in the last 50 years than in the previous 10,000” (2008). How has it changed? Americans have gone from eating hunter-gatherer style organic greens and fruits, to severely processed sugars, carbohydrates, and high protein meats. Most Americans eat something similar to a “chicken and pasta” diet nowadays. This may not be bad, but is this “new” food really better for us than what people ate 50
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Beyond prices is food security. Can farmers produce enough organic food to sustain the global population? Conventionally made food is easier to find, a lower price, and quicker to prepare. But organic food does yield more than one would think (Michigan State University). The wrong foods have been known to cause diseases, but the right ones have also been known to prevent them, or rid the body of harmful toxins causing the illness. “Although human bodies are incredibly adaptable and may maintain themselves for a long time when nutrition is improper or lacking, ideal health is dependent on optimum nutrition.” (Allman, 9). “In 1972, the FDA conducted approximately 50,000 food safety inspections. In 2006, the FDA conducted 9,164” (Food, Inc). Not all food is safe for the body to digest. This quote is not saying that all processed food is bad for the body, and that all organic food is perfect, it’s saying that most food people eat isn’t as clean as it used to be which is much like “going backwards” from all the progress America has made with food codes and regulations. The question throughout all of this still stands, “Can the food one eats truly help them live longer?” One of the oldest people alive, Walter Breuning, had an interview about his diet recently. All his life he’s said that most people eat “just too darn much” (Sanders). Breuning hasn’t eaten supper for the past 35 years. He eats lots of fruit, lots of vegetables,

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