Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Exploration Five: Fresh by Josh Salyers

In Fresh, many points were made, but the central focus of the documentary fell on the fact that organic foods that are made on polyculture farms are healthier to the environment and consumer than those foods processed on monoculture farms. Farms which only have one type of animal, say cattle or pig, are more vulnerable to diseases, pathogens, and predators. The quality of health in these farms for the animals are low, and so many of these animals are stuffed in farm buildings. They are treated with many antibiotics to combat the diseases that come with the poor living conditions, but we as the consumer eat these antibiotics when the meat is processed, packaged and bought. This mindset of quantity over quality, whilst needed in a sense to feed a growing human population, is ultimately leading to a more obese, unhealthy population, but is appealing because of cost efficiency. When food is organic, it means that no preservatives, added chemicals or other types of fertilizers/ pesticides have been added to the food. With meat, the animals can not have been given any antibiotics or growth hormones. These foods are better for the consumers health, so one could live a healthier life, ultimately benefiting the consumer. John Ikerd said, "Disease is nature's way of saying enough." What does this say for monocultured farms then?
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  1. Your post makes me think about all of the meat I've eaten and wonder how many antibiotics that I've eaten along with it that is harmful to my body.

  2. great research, and like you said with the growing population we have resorted to this method of factory farming. people have no cares about the health of the animal or the chemicals in or on their food, rather they care about how easy it is to get and consume


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