The Food Dictatorship

What we eat is vital to our health, and were we get it from directly effects how good it will be for us. People are always on the run and constantly eating fast food. They want to be healthy but it is so hard to be when the fast food that they are eating is made from processed junk. The goal would be healthy fast food right? Unfortunately that is impossible because of how our food industry operates.

There are only a few large corporations that comprise the food industry in the US: Nestlé, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Danone, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Mars, Associated British Foods, and Mondelez (Taylor). These companies have monopolized the food market. They are the companies that engineer, raise, process, and pack the food that is sold to the fast food companies. These companies are not concerned with our health, they are only concerned with profit. They know that we crave three ingredients: sugar, salt, and fats (Food Inc.). The industry knows that when one takes a bite and taste one or more of theses three ingredients, dopamine is released in the brain. As a result, the fast food industry has manufactured food that is packed with these pleasure ingredients.That is not the only problem with these companies though. They are responsible for concentrated animal feed operations (CAFO) and all the negative environmental effect that these operations cause; as well as the diseases that people get from this poorly managed meat. Diseases like E. coli 057:H7 cause 73,000 illnesses a year, these illnesses lead to approximately  2,170 hospitalizations and 61 deaths (Rangel). It is interesting to find out that the government has the authority to recall bad products like toasters, but does not have the authority to recall contaminated, and potentially lethal meat (Schlosser).

How do we get out from underneath this dangerous food dictatorship? I purpose that family-owned farms with free range live stock and organic produce need to organize a system where they can combine forces to supply the large demands of the industry. A few cooperation’s should not be able to control the majority of the food production. The only way that this change is possible, is through legislation. This legislation will take time, and so will the healing process that the land that has been contaminated by CAFOs needs go through. The land and legislation is not the only thing that needs time; people still desire these highly processed foods and it will be a slow process to acclimate them to more healthy food choices. The change is possible, and cooperate food control will not last for ever if we start making changes now.

–Joshua Wolcott

1. Robert Kenner, Richard Pearce, Eric Schlosser, Melissa Robledo, William Pohlad, Jeff Skoll, Robin Schorr, Diane Weyermann, Elise Pearlstein, Kim Roberts, Michael Pollan, Gary Hirshberg, Joel Salatin, and Mark Adler. Dir. Richard Pearce. Perf. Eric Schlosser. “Food Inc.” TakePart, 2008. DVD.

2. Schlosser, Eric. “Fast Food Nation : The Dark Side of the All-American Meal.” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 2001. EBSCOhost.

3. Taylor, Kate. “These 10 Companies Control Everything You Buy.” Business Insider, 04 Apr. 2017.