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The Industrial Food Chain

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Emily Puchalski

on 14 June 2016

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Transcript of The Industrial Food Chain

What are resources used to grow the food (crops & animals)?
Growing (crops and animals)
Describe where the food grows. What does it look like? What happens to make the food grow? How is the food harvested
After the Harvest
Where does it go next? How is it processed?
How is it moved from the farm to the factory or from the factory to the consumer?
What is the product they get? How does it impact them?
Unintended Outputs
Besides the actual food, what else is produced?
"The Omnivore's Dilemma"
The Industrial Food Chain
chemical weed killer
ammonium nitrate fertilizer
GMO seeds
liquid vitamins
hybrid seeds
grass / hay
fossil fuel
Pioneer Hi-Bred 34H31 seed from agribusiness company
The food looks like regular kernels of corn
It is crowded in rows
Harvested by machines
The corn mill makes and delivers food
Poky is "dusty" due to dried up cow manure that's filled up the feedlot
There are open sewers and unpaved roads
A dump truck dumps feed into troughs for cattle
30,000 plants per acre
Feed mill is center
CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations)
Grain Elevator buys corn and soybeans
Farmer brings corn to grain elevator where it is weighed graded and farmer's paid
Feed lots where it's ground up into animal feed by mill
The corn is broken into kernels and pumped into grain elevators
The kernels are loaded onto railroad cars that latch onto trains and transported to factories and eventually to stores
Corn and Soybeans
Meat; cheaper
Disease - can kill consumers (and if contagious, others around them)
Soda, ethanol, unhealthy cheaper foods
Pollution (extra nitrogen fertilizer)
Manure from feed lots ('toxic waste')
Increased Global Warming
Additional Information
The same businesses that create new seed also sell tools and fertilizer, make processed food, and other products using cheap corn
The government keeps corn prices low
There's no an ecological/natural loop in which nitrogen is recycled, that's how it's supposed to be
Raw materials are turned into finished product
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