Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Response to Tom's Meal Preperation

After reading Tom’s blog post on preparing a meal, my stomach grumbled because of the scrumptious ingredients that were used in the recipe. Personally, I love Mexican food because the ingredients are usually not processed or expensive. Also, Tom makes a great point by saying that Mexican Skillet is very quick to prepare. Basically, all you have to do is chop up the ingredients and mix all of them while the rice is cooking. In addition, the meal is decently healthy if you use fresh tomatoes, lettuce and onions. After giving instructions on how to prepare Mexican Skillet, Tom discusses how Pollan claims that low fat processed food have actually caused more harm than good in America's food system. This statement couldn’t be further from the truth. Americans have turned to processed foods because of their relatively cheaper prices. I truly believe that Americans do not make a conscious effort to purposely eat processed and unhealthy foods. I believe that the convenience of canned vegetables and fruits almost force America’s fast paced society to choose the cheap and easy method to eat. Also, if farmers are receiving government subsidies to produce large amounts of corn for corn syrup and starches, there will always be an incentive to create cheap, processed foods. Organic farms struggle because of their relatively high costs for their fruits, vegetables, and meats. This website explains why organic foods are fairly expensive. Until organic farmers find a cheaper way to produce their foods, America is forced to choose the cheaper, unhealthy, and canned versions for dinner.

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