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Ashley Campos

Professor Saleska

WRT 102: Writing and Research

27 November 2016

Mass Producing the World’s Decline

The turn of the 20th century institutionalized mass production in the United States through the influence of Henry Ford. The ability to have machinery create products efficiently and with less resources spread through the country and the food industry was quick to adopt it.The economy rose and this form of producing goods began to grow and take over the American culture. With the populations in America growing so rapidly, the large-scale production of food served the purpose of meeting the high food demands and making a bigger profit in less time for farmers. Although the mass production in the farming sector has flourished tremendously and benefits the large monopoly owners, the earth is being killed, people are consuming disease-ridden foods and the impacts are irreversible.

The United States has one of the fastest growing populations in the last century and it creates more people consuming the earth’s natural resources. “The rules of global trade have been written by corporations in order to expand their control over food and agriculture, and thus increase their profits”(Collins). Every time a new farmland is created, acres and entire populations of wildlife are destroyed and swept away in order to create flat land with rich soil. The destruction of these natural resources are causing the levels of oxygen to be disrupted and entire populations of animal habitants are decimated. This rich soil is left to grow as a grassland and thousands of cattle are raised and slaughtered to feed wasteful consumers. “Over the last 20 years, the globalization of food and agricultural systems has been presented as a natural and inevitable phenomenon. However, there is nothing natural about globalization, and in particular, the globalization of food”(Collins). . The people that are head of these food monopolies have seen a huge increase in their economic standing. As their bank accounts increase the world is suffering on a large scale. This mass-production is taking a toll on our planet by increasing Carbon Dioxide and Methane levels intensely. The meat most people assume their purchasing from cattle, they believe to be grass-fed cows. The reality is that they’re pasture-fed and this is a concern due to cows not being able to digest grains. Their bodies in turn, excrete gasses that seem harmless but are produced as carbon monoxide that is six times more potent to our planet than oxygen. This large-scale release of the greenhouse gas methane, deriving from solely cattle, seeps into our natural water sources and causes the acidity in the water to be altered. The changing pH levels turn the liquid bodies too acidic for underwater life to thrive. Entire coral reefs are disintegrating and without these reefs, the animals that live in them begin to die due to lack of protection from predators and being poisoned from the acidity.

The quality of food in the sector has substantially decreased and become disease-ridden as well as creating negative health effects on those that consume them. “or instance, commonplace ingredients of mass production such as high- fructose corn syrup and trans fats have been linked to the prevalence of obesity, diabetes, and other diet- related diseases. The consumption of trans fats, in specific, is estimated to cause about thirty thousand premature deaths a year in the United States, a two percent increase in their consumption increasing heart- disease risk in women of 93%” (Baum).Our country relies so much on this method of standardization to assure maximum efficiency and that people receive the same product time after time. This helps them find the cheapest and most efficient way to grow and produce the products wanted by consumers and increases their personal profits on a large scale. The effects it has on the growing populations of people include the spread and creation of illnesses once they’re consumed. Centuries ago, the food we grew agriculturally was organic and did not involve the use of pesticides. We have become fixated on processed foods, and have lowered our standards to the foods we should require to be grown for us. Foods found in our grocery stores that are pesticide-free are coated in wax to prolong the shelf-life, so in various ways, our food is contaminated regardless. The author Eshelman in her writing depicts the fine line between pesticide-free food and pesticide-filled food to show how the alternatives aren't very good choices because our bodies will be consuming contaminated foods either way.

The latest health and wellness trends are swaying away from our adopted way of agriculture created in bulk and embracing home and local grown alternatives. A new method of farming has arisen involving people in making gardens in order to prevent themselves from eating the pesticide ridden foods. Many farms around the world have come up with unusual and surprising ways to help the earth apart from not using pesticides. These methods include using little amounts of water and indoor farming sites. These intelligent ways of farming not only help farmers save a lot of money in the long run but also make a big profit from their resource-saving farms. By taking initiative and choosing to grow locally, less produce will be bought at stores. Overtime less food will be available in grocery stores causing corporate companies to forcefully change their methods and practices for the wellbeing of the people.

The mass production of the agriculture is causing the planet to breakdown. It is time for humans to take control from the large monopolies dictating the things we eat, our health, and lifestyles. Allowing these big-name companies to feed us less than acceptable products is not only affecting us but the other species that habitat this world. The time has come to do our part and slow down the irreversible damages these companies have done to our planet.

Annotated Bibliography

Baum, Chad M. “Mass-Produced Food: the Rise and Fall of the Promise of ...” Papers on Economics &Amp; Evolution, papers.econ.mpg.de/evo/discussionpapers/2013-03.pdf.

This scientific paper is an overview on the complexities of the mass-production of food. It touches upon socio-economic impacts as well as the impact it has on the food sector. The quality of food has substantially decreased and become disease-ridden as well as creating negative health effects on those that consume them. Our country relies so much on this method of standardization to assure maximum efficiency and that people receive the same product time after time. This helps them fine the cheapest and most efficient way to grow and produce the products wanted by consumers and increases their personal profits on a large scale. This article fits into the conversation because it speaks upon the effects of mass production and also provides scientific reasoning to back up the points made. This source is credible because The author, Chad M. Baum, is a graduate from the Jena Graduate School and has an emphasis on the economic and economic impacts deriving from the behaviors of people, so he is an expert on his topic. This would be a great asset to my paper because it provides a scientific viewpoint throughout the paper and would add in a major way to my piece.

Collins, John. “Why Corporate Agriculture Is a ‘Recipe for Famine and Extinction’ - Rural America.” Why Corporate Agriculture Is a “Recipe for Famine and Extinction” - Rural America, 26 Aug. 2016, inthesetimes.com/rural-america/entry/19419/who-really-feeds-the-world-agribusiness-and-agroecology-vandana-shiva.

This article is about how the field of agriculture has grown to become a business in the world, especially India, and not just used for the sole purpose to feed people. The people that are head of these food monopolies have seen a huge increase in their economic standing. As their bank accounts increase the world is suffering on a large scale. This mass-production is taking a toll on our planet by increasing Carbon Dioxide and Methane levels intensely. This is relevant to the conversation because it gives a perspective on the struggles a different country Is going through, in particular a third world country. This source is credible because the author is speaking of his country and the impact corporate agriculture has had on India. This would be useful in writing my paper because I can include an external source as evidence that isn’t related with the United States.

De Aenlle, Conrad. "Farms That Rise to the Challenge." The New York Times. N.p., 17 May

2016. Web. 9 Nov. 2016.

A new method of farming has arisen involving people in making gardens in order to prevent themselves from eating the pesticide ridden foods. Many farms around the world have come up with unusual and surprising ways to help the earth apart from not using pesticides. These methods include using little amounts of water and indoor farming sites.

The author Aenlle brings a lot of emphasis to these other methods of agriculture and how their effects are making a big change. These intelligent ways of farming not only help farmers save a lot of money in the long run but also make a big profit from their resource-saving farms. This source is credible because of its author, Conrad de Aenlle, is a financial columnist and feature writer for The New York Times. The New York Times is a well-recognized, and respected platform and provides information as well as articles on many topics that prove to affect our lives and world. This article is a great asset to my research paper due to the information on how mass-producing without pesticides is possible on a large-scale. It provides various examples of farming techniques, avoiding pesticides, which have become successful.

Eshelman, Kristie. "To Mass Produce Food… or Not?" Values Capitalism. N.p., 2014. Web. 9

Nov. 2016.

Centuries ago, the food we grew agriculturally was organic and did not involve the use of pesticides. We have become fixated on processed foods, and have lowered our standards to the foods we should require to be grown for us. Foods found in our grocery stores that are pesticide-free are coated in wax to prolong the shelf-life, so in various ways, our food is contaminated regardless. The author Eshelman in her writing depicts the fine line between pesticide-free food and pesticide-filled food to show how the alternatives aren't very good choices because our bodies will be consuming contaminated foods either way. This source is credible because Kristie Eshelman is a well- rounded person about this information due to her position as the regional digital coordinator at Generation Opportunity. She was also an associate editor at the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics. This source will be useful in writing my paper because it doesn't have a clear bias and shows and pros and cons of mass producing with pesticides. It offers a viewpoint of various aspects of the topic and has clear explanations to his assertions.

Schlosser, Eric. “Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal Paperback – March 13, 2012.” Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal: Eric Schlosser: 9780547750330: Amazon.com: Books, www.amazon.com/fast-food-nation-dark-all-american/dp/0547750331.

This piece speaks upon the mass production aspect of manufacturing food. Present-day America is the topic of this article and it brings a viewpoint of how it affects our everyday lives. Fast-food has become an epidemic adopted by our society due to the simplicity of an instant meal. This article fits into the conversation because it shows how not only the mass production of agriculture affects us but also the assembly line in the food industry. The big chain food source that is spoken about is McDonalds and the large impact they have on the ever growing agriculture industry. They are the largest buyers of meat and starch based food such as potatoes. These fast food empires are the reason that mass production has increased to dramatically over the decades. According to the piece, America has become the epitome of ‘uniformity’ and the whole country relies on mass production whether it be of agriculture or name brand stores. This source is credible due to it being published by the New York Times. They are a renowned publishing company and provide articles that are relevant and accurate. This article would be very helpful in writing my paper because it ties in the idea of mass produced agriculture to the society we live in. The fast-food empire is ever growing whether it be McDonalds, Boba or acai bowls.



Shah, Anup. “Consumption and Consumerism.” - Global Issues, www.globalissues.org/issue/235 /consumption-and-consumerism.

This article speaks upon rates of consumption regarding environmental products that people consume. It provides statistics as to which socio-economic classes consume the most resources as well as a worldwide scale of these statistics. It depicts the extremely high rates of the food were producing and how these demands continue to grow from the consumers. This information would fit into the conversation by providing factual points to the research paper, such as these statistics. This source is very credible due to the factual evidence provided, the website being a ‘.org’ site, the author of this piece is the founder of the site. This would be a helpful asset to my paper due to the information included.

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