We have the power of what we eat and what we buy, which is a political action. In an oligopoly, a few major companies control the market of agriculture business. “The four major meatpacking companies now control about 20 percent of the live cattle in the United States through ‘captive supplies’” (Schlosser 138). Therefore, Independent ranchers and farmers cannot sustain their business under those circumstances. “Over the last twenty years, about half a million ranchers sold off their cattle and quit the business” (Schlosser 136).
However, in processed food industry, it might be difficult because consumers always buy inexpensive food, and only large companies can provide inexpensive food. When it comes to chicken. “Eight chicken processors now control about two-third of the American market. (Schlosser 139)” Consequently, we can consume low price food in fast food restaurant or grocery store. As far as I am concerned, instead of using fast food restaurant or consuming cheap product, it might be better for us to prepare food by ourselves as much as possible and know how it is produced by whom. Otherwise our food market will be full of unhealthy drugged products:
Our food system depends on consumers’ not knowing much about it beyond the price disclosed by the checkout scanner. Cheapness and ignorance are mutually reinforcing. And it’s short way from not knowing who’s at the other end of your food chain to not caring – to the carelessness of both producers and consumers. (Pollan 245)Pollan, Michael. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History Of Four Meals. New York : Penguin Press, 2006. Print.
I cannot change other people’s diets, but the change perhaps starts from my small choices of what I eat today.
- Obesity in The US
- Chemicals in Processed Foods
- Chemicals in Meat
- Culture; Eating Habits
- Obesity And Japanese Diet
- Our Choice Can Change The World
- Food for Thought