Thursday, September 24, 2015

Exploration 4: Fresh Response by Catelyn Millet

The most important idea that stood out to me is how much farmers are focusing on the health of their animals and people. They want people to eat what is best for them. One quote that really stuck out to me was when Karen Parker said, "I think I used to eat a lot of garbage before Growing Power." I liked this quote because it made me think about how many people may be eating fast food and how many fast food chains are popping up all over the United States. According to Statistic Brain Research Institute, 50 million Americans eat fast food daily and there are 160,000 fast food places in the United States. One thing I really liked about the film is how they used multiple people to explain how they have helped their animals/land and/or people over the years. One weakness is that I think they could have possibly made the film longer to include more people or teach us what we could do here at home. I relate most to this film because my mom used to tell me stories about her growing up raising goats and chickens.

One idea that I researched was the use of antibiotics in livestock. According to an article in the New York Times, the amount of antibiotics that were sold to farmers grew 16% between 2009 and 2012. The article also said how farmers realized that antibiotics would help the animals grow faster and they would be given to animals even if they weren't sick. The use of antibiotics were used more in the United States than other countries.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, that is a lot of fast food, and to think farmers would not hesitate to grow healthier food if it was economically feasible. It honestly scares me how much antibiotics are in our food system. The short term reward of productivity is not worth the long term risk to our health and the possibility of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.


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