Unnatural Hunger An Insatiable Dilemma

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Jack Tseng B9802059

Vocabulary


Granary


storehouse for threshed grain or animal feed


Horticulture


industry and science of plant
cultivation


Subsidy
-

form of financial assistance paid to a
business or economic sector




The Problem(s)


Diet Imbalance


Obesity


Food


related illnesses


Type
-
2 diabetes

Reintroducing Food


Avoiding Protein, Carbohydrates, Fats?


Saturated fats, Trans fats


Omega
-
3 fatty acid


Organic!


Food Pyramid


MSG


Polyphenols

Reasons to eat


Ritual


Express identity, taboos


Health



Pseudoscience


Orthorexia



Unhealthy obsession with healthy eating



Animal fats < Plant oils


Hydrogenated plant oils actually have trans fats


Beta
-
carotene in carrots


Antioxidant


Field study with cancer patients was inconclusive


Actually, increased cancer rate in population of high
alcoholics


Food Chemistry


Cereal, Yogurt


Cholesterol,
phytochemicals
, fiber, antioxidants


Maltodextrin
,
Xanthan

gum

Edible Food
-
like Substances


Oreo cookie


Common Reasons for Modern
Problems


Affluence


Poverty


Technology


Clever marketing


Changes in diet


… others?


FDR



The Great Depression


New Deals


Subsidized storable commodities such as Corn and Soy


Loan from government, using Corn/Soy as collateral


Sell stock to pay back loan


Keep Loan and government keeps the stock


“Ever
-
normal Granary”


Corn



Great Depression


Government Subsidies


Genetic Engineering & Horticulture



“since the Nixon administration, farmers in the
United States have managed to produce 500
additional calories per person every day” (103)



Government Subsidies



Price floor


Invalidates law of Price & Demand


Only way to increase revenue would be to increase
supply since price is constant





Past Attempts at Using the
Surplus


Biopetroleum

-

producing
ethanol from surplus corn


Feed to livestock

Sustainability



(Transport of food exhausts
more energy than contained in
the food )


57 Calories transportation: 1
Calorie of food


Marketing


Supersize

it!!


Happy Meal, Ronald McDonald


Externalities


Environment


Long distance transportation of foods from processing
center


Government


Subsidies program in vicious cycle


Citizens


Vulnerable to clever marketing


Health Costs


Medical Costs


Selective subsidies for corn and soy promote lower
prices in highly processed foods


High fructose corn syrup is much cheaper than sugar


HFCS as marker for highly processed foods


Unfamiliar chemical names in ingredient


Adult Onset Diabetes


Type
-
2 Diabetes


According to CDC, 1 in 3 Americans will suffer from
Diabetes


7 years less life expectancy


$14,000/year in healthcare costs


80% chance heart disease


People have eaten very well for thousands of years and
they can do it again.