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This Week’s Lectures in 500 words

by on November 7, 2013

This Week’s Lectures in 500 words

Mark Bittman nicely sums up almost everything we will talk about this week in one article.


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  1. Until reading “Eating Animals” and this article, I had never really fully considered the impact factory farming had on the environment, other farmers, consumerism, and other such things. Not many people know that factory farms are the number one source of greenhouse gases and climate change. At least for me I had always assumed it was our use of transportation that was the number one cause because that is what is presented to the public. Factory farming has managed to hide itself from most of the public eye until recently. Articles like this and books like Foer’s are eye opening and need to be more prevalent to the public. I feel as though with a deal this big, it will just highlight the injustices that are apparent throughout the whole factory farming industry. People need to realize that animals are taking more than they’re giving in this system of farming which now scarcely resembles what most people traditionally think of farming. If more people could see the image of the farm today, which is a giant corporation, maybe that would incline people to take a bigger stand against these farms and their practices. And now with America exporting the goods to China it can hopefully be regulated enough to modify the way farming is performed here in America.

  2. Michael Miliano permalink

    Reading “Eating Animals” and watching Food Inc. Today have really made an impact on the way I think about the food and the food industry. Until this point I hadn’t really considered the food industry to be much of a problem. I’ve worked on a farm and my Mom has a vegetable garden and makes her own compost. I try to eat healty and choose not to support fast food companies like McDonalds, (Although I do cave for Wings over Worcester every now and then.) I felt like I had been doing a pretty good job being environmentally conscious. The things I read in the book made me shudder but I didnt really take much stock in the facts. However after seeing the conditions in the chicken farms and the packaging centers I realized that this is a serious problem. I cant describe how disgusted I felt when I saw all the skinned chickens being shipped around the plant on the conveyor belts. I realized that I was probably being very naive about the chicken Holy Cross serves. I am going to take some small stepts to become more concious about the food I eat. I plan on limiting the amount of chicken and other meats I eat that are not raise locally. Hopefully, my experience will allow me to gain some more insight on the way I perceive and eat foods.

  3. Like the other who have posted, I have been shocked at the facts I have been reading about in Eating Animals and the portion of Food Inc we watched today. My family has never been one to be super environmentally conscious, and quite honestly I hadn’t given it a ton of though until I came to Holy Cross and began educating myself on these issues that are not only real, but extremely important and life changing. As a society, we tend to sweep such issues under the rug, in not knowing, actions such as what goes on at factory farms is kept hidden, leading us to believe that we aren’t connected to the killing in anyway. I work in a grocery store, and see the amount of food that goes in and out of the store each day, but never have stopped to give it too much thought. I can honestly say that lately, each bite of chicken I take at dinner is harder and harder to swallow. I have never seen Food Inc, but in watching it today, I found myself laughing when the woman was tossing the dead chickens to be driven away. I had seen this clip before and had the same reaction. I do not think that the actions taken to the chickens are funny, but to witness that happening and to think it is part of someones daily life left me so shocked and in awe that I didn’t know what else to do. I think that not only information, but true facts need to be exposed and taken seriously among all, before we run into not only health issues, but environmental ones as well. What will we do when we are so reliant on meat that we run out of water? Which is more important? I feel as though there isn’t an easy fix to the problem, but as mentioned in Eating Animals by the last turkey farmer, if we are unable to afford to eat turkey, real turkey, then we shouldn’t be afforded the privilege of eating on that has suffered just so we can pay for it at a small price.

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