Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Exploration 8: Michael Trawinski

1. In the documentary film Fresh there were some important ideas and evidence offered to let me learn about agricultural foods. One of the ideas offered in my view was to combine new technologies with old ways of farming. To me some people might think that this might not be a good idea, but I think that it might be useful as a way to make farming better nowadays and faster. One of my favorite quotes came at the end when one of the people said that it is a "decision that you and I can make right now to make a better future." To me this says that even someone like myself can help change things around with the agricultural society. Another quote that thought was interesting was when Michael Pollan said "People do not have access to the foods they want to eat." This means that some people do not have access to foods that are grown fresh instead of processed.

2. I looked up food author Michael Pollan so I could learn more about him and what some of his books are about. I've read Food Rules before for a class and I found it to be very interesting to read. What I learned from my research of him is that he has three basic principals: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Pollan mostly criticizes the way that modern industry processes foods and states that it is destructive to agricultural systems and has brought down the diet, nutrition, and well-being of Americans. One of his books, titled, The Omnivore's Dilemma focuses on the four ways that we have obtained food in our society. He also talks of the inefficiencies of the factories producing food. I learned that Daniel Engber criticized Pollan stating that food is a complex subject to study scientifically.

3. What struck me in other people's research and ideas from our class conversation is that food can be a very complex subject as there are people involved trying to grow food the right way and there was also talk about some of the processes that poultry has to go through in factory production. I did a little bit of research on that subject and just like in the film it is a harsh process. I would've liked to know maybe a little more about some of the other people mentioned in the film, but I think we all researched very good topics to discuss so that we could go deeper into what we saw in the documentary.

1 comment:

  1. I really liked the conversation that this topic provoked. I liked hearing what people had to say. And people did their research so it was fun to have an intelligent conversation in an area I was never literate in before.


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