Note: Sample below may appear distorted but all corresponding word document files contain proper formattingExcerpt from Essay:
A history of a typical American meal
When a typical consumer purchases a rib-eye steak for dinner, he or she will pay far less than his or her grandfather did for the same cut of meat. This is because of the efficiencies generated by the commercial meat industry. While the cow will begin its life in a manner similar to that of cows of the past -- by the side of his or her mother on a ranch -- that will quickly change. "Cows raised on grass simply take longer to reach slaughter weight than cows raised on a richer diet, and the modern meat industry has devoted itself to shortening a beef calf's allotted time on earth" (Pollan 2002). On a factory farm, cows are quickly weaned from their mother and fed a corn-based diet or 'finished' on corn while they are held in pens. Instead of 4 or 5 years at slaughter as was the case previously, today's beef cattle are slaughtered at 14 to 16 months thanks to growth hormones (Pollan 2002). The cow's flesh will also be more marbled than it would on a grass-fed diet, due to the corn-based feed it eats, its lack of activity, growth hormones, and antibiotics designed to make its food easier to digest at an earlier age (Linn 2012). The cows are then processed, graded according to USDA standards of prime, choice, and select, and sent to supermarkets all over the nation.
Vegetables like potatoes and green beans are also similarly sourced from commercial means of production, on large farms where they are sprayed with pesticides and grown in soil with fertilizer designed to speed their growth. The crops are then washed, packaged, and processed. "Just as an industrial enterprise might seek to boost profits by becoming bigger and more efficient, many American farms have gotten larger and have consolidated their operations to become leaner as well. In fact, American agriculture increasingly has become an 'agribusiness,' a term created to reflect the big, corporate nature of many farm enterprises in the modern U.S. economy" (Farming as big business, 2012, U.S. Department of State). Wheat, along with the other major cash crops of soybeans and corn is likewise produced on large, commercial farms.
The butter used on a baked potato or other dairy-based goods such as ice cream likely comes from milk that is the product of a large mechanized dairy farm. On one dairy farm, there are "robots to help feed the cows, robots to help clean the barn, even robots that can milk the cows. The farmers used to spend three hours milking, twice a day. 'Now," says Lori [the dairy farmer], 'we wake up in the morning, and the robots have already milked all the cows'" (Big dairy enters the era of big data, 2012, Businessweek). Some smaller dairies do make their products available at commercial supermarkets, like Cabot Creamery, which is an organic brand of milk and cheese. There are also commercially-sold vegetables marked as organic and beef marketed as 'grass-fed,' although critics contend that these items are often the products of 'big organic' agriculture rather than of truly local, sustainable producers.
Even though most of the meat, butter, ice cream, wheat products like bread, and fresh vegetables a consumer purchases in the supermarket are likely to have an American source (this is not necessarily the case of canned products, imported baked goods, and fish) it still extricates a high price from the environment. Depending on where one lives and how far one must drive, there are often more localized sources of meat, vegetables, and dairy available. Local specialty producers may sell directly to the public, and farmer's markets are a source of home-grown vegetables and even meat and dairy as well. The problem is that often these foods (at very least, meat and dairy) are more expensive than the average supermarket, and with even standard food prices going up, few people can afford to buy the majority of their products from local sources. Foods raised 'ethically' such as free-range, grass-fed beef or small-scale dairy requires more labor-intensive means of production.
However, buying locally may not be the best way to reduce the carbon footprint of one's food and increase the sustainability of one's diet. "It turns out that more greenhouse gas emissions are released from producing a juicy steak (or any red meat for that matter) than any other form of food. Red…[continue]
"Impacts Of A Borderless Society" (2012, October 25) Retrieved October 21, 2016, from http://www.paperdue.com/essay/impacts-of-a-borderless-society-107916
"Impacts Of A Borderless Society" 25 October 2012. Web.21 October. 2016. <http://www.paperdue.com/essay/impacts-of-a-borderless-society-107916>
"Impacts Of A Borderless Society", 25 October 2012, Accessed.21 October. 2016, http://www.paperdue.com/essay/impacts-of-a-borderless-society-107916
Borderless Society The Impact of a Borderless Society Because of technology and the way in which society has evolved, people currently live in a world where there are virtually no geographic boundaries (Time, 2006). Goods and services can be transmitted anywhere, and people from all over the world can talk to one another via the internet and cell phones quickly and easily in real time. Even the food that is consumed by
Borderless Society on Food As disparate regions of the globe become more and more intertwined through the expansion of global capital and the practical disintegration of international borders for massive companies, the food people eat is simultaneously delivered from every region of the globe so that seasons no longer dictate the availability of any given food. However, the ability to obtain any given food out of season brings with it
Borderless Society Imagine finding out where one's food originated? Would someone continue to eat at the same location? How an individual go about eating what is available to a person locally or worldwide as a result of his or her research? Is globalization positive, negative or both? As a result of this study, one will decide how he or she will eat as a result of learning where food instigates. For
Human Resource Management in Multinational Enterprises Similarities and Differences between domestic and international HRM HRM assumes a strategic role in almost all business organizations. It is the core of an organization's corporate strategy because it helps enhance their performance, create a sustainable competitive advantage and guides through enterprise management. This leads to the two similarities between domestic and international HRM. Basic functions such as allocation, procurement, motivation, and utilization are similar whether
Science/Technology on the Modern Era Family structures and social relationships in North America have undergone significant changes in the modern era, largely because of scientific/technological advancements. Such advancements have propelled the Women's Movement, caused a transformation of youth culture, and altered dating habits. This paper explores the positive and negative impacts of scientific/technological advancements in North America, how such advancements influenced the Women's Movement, and how the Women's Movement has
The results of the index composition reflect that by analyzing only the elements mentioned above, both India and China rank higher than in the general HDI. In this sense, India is ranked 17 and China 18, as opposed to 119 and 89 respectively. There are several aspects for this change. On the one hand, positive indexes were taken into account for both countries. For instance, the income in China is constantly
social world? The effects of information technology on the society The social capital framework In this paper, we evaluate the validity of the statement that IT is radically changing the social world. We perform a critical analysis of the concept of social world and social capital and how it is influenced by information technology. This is carried against the backdrop of the concept of information technology as the conceptual framework. The paper