For this project I worked with Josh L. and Nick H. We chose to study imported foods.
Have you ever thought how much money goes into the making of your food? In this paper, you will learn about the prices that go into your imported foods; both the actually money, and the environment costs. Americans are able to expand their waist-lines with accessibility to cheap imported foods; those who produce those foods are paying the price. Imported foods have many costs. These foods are bad to our wallets and also to the environment. There is 9 billion dollars put into the shipping of foods each year. That’s taking a truck, a train, and even a plane to get to your supermarket. Companies are spending millions to make their packaging plants package more to meet the high demand for these foods.”In 2000 estimated that ten percent of the energy used annually in the United States was consumed by the food industry”(sustainabletable.org). On the other hand, there is the environmental price. These big factories are polluting the air and land in the surrounding area. Back to the transport of the foods, these vehicles are made for power, not to be friendly with the environment. The combination of the two is hurting our world. We need to find a different way. Is imported food worth the higher cost? No, imported food is not worth the cost that we Americans are paying for it. The quality of both the food and work is not right. The workers like in Mexico for example are not being paid a fair salary. A couple of year’s back the tomatoes we received from Mexico were recalled because of the harmful consequences they contained. We have to be careful with imported food because the laws that apply to our food here may not be the same as in other countries. We as Americans really don’t care where or what our food is as long as it tastes good. June 9, 2008, seventeen of the fifty American states reported outbreaks of Salmonella from the primary source of eating raw tomatoes. There has been one hundred sixty seven people contaminated with Salmonella and twenty three were hospitalized. My evidence was gathered form the website Web MD. The costs of imported food may be greater than the costs of locally grown food but, which is better. What are the affects of imported foods being imported compared to locally grown foods? The carbon imprint on imported food is greater than locally grown food. Locally grown food may not taste as good as imported but, if you buy local than you are helping the environment. The FDA refuses about 200 or more shipments of food from china every month due to wide spread problems. Locally grown produce also ensures the ripest and freshest produce. Well imported foods may have some concerns, locally grown food may be a better choice in helping the environment but, it all comes down to your choices on what you want our futures to be. Although Americans are able to expand their waist-lines with accessibility to cheap imported foods; those who produce those foods are paying the price. Imported foods are a thing the world needs, but is hurting it. Its a contradiction between using this resource and hurting the environment, or taking the risk and using only local farms for the food supply.
To support our essay, we created a pie chart. The purpose of this visual argument is to show the viewers how often people buy from local farmer’s markets.
“What Share of U.S. Consumed Food Is Imported? – February 2008.” USDA Economic Research Service – Home Page. Web. 01 Apr. 2011. http://www.ers.usda.gov/amberwaves/february08/datafeature/.
“Understanding Food Safety: Pesticides, Hormones, and Antibiotics in Food.” WebMD – Better Information. Better Health. Web. 01 Apr. 2011. http://www.webmd.com/health-ehome-9/pesticides-hormones-in-food?page=2.
U S Food and Drug Administration Home Page. Web. 01 Apr. 2011. http://www.fda.gov/.
Bridges, Andrew. “Imported Food Rarely Inspected – USATODAY.com.” News, Travel, Weather, Entertainment, Sports, Technology, U.S. & World – USATODAY.com. Web. 01 Apr. 2011. http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-04-16-imported-food_N.htm.