Sample English Questions on Food Matters

Sample English Questions on Food Matters

After reading essays from a myriad writers touching on the simple topic of food, I feel the compellation to reevaluate my eating habits. Nestle underscores the importance of eating foods that are better for the body. She reiterates that people should “Eat less, move more, eat more fruits and vegetables, and don’t eat too much junk food” (Bauer 312. The author touches on the intricate topics of obesity, food labeling and safety. The writer also directly engages a broad audience in the politics of Big Agriculture and Big Food Corporations and answers complex questions regarding food issues. The most significant issues about American nutrition, food cultivation and media influences on food culture are also elaborately discussed. Nestle did an exemplary work cutting through the tangled mess of America’s food system and filtering mass information and misinformation concerning personal and public health from food enthusiasts.

From the reading, I realized that I am one of the numerous Americans who are utterly misinformed about nutrition. I eat so badly that I am culpable of the obesity beckoning. My diet consists of soft drinks, snacks, sweets, and fast foods which contain high levels of calories. I hate to an extent that I wouldn’t take nutrition recommendation from a vegan. As a result, I need to make a simple shift in my eating habits. First, I need to move away from highly processed foods such as cheese and animal products especially meat. Secondly, I need to be more proactive than I am currently. Exercise will help me to lose weight and maintain a fit body. At the moment, I am just a stone throw away from a looming obesity crisis. It is, therefore, in my best interest to watch my nutrition rather than join the list of millions of American youths fighting obesity.

Diet-related conditions are a result of ignorance and the inability of manufacturers to put together correct health tags on food products (Bauer 339). Therefore, feasible intervention strategies need to be put in place to ensure that Americans access healthy food products. These approaches include policies and advocacy for better nutrition. The only way people can gauge the effectiveness of nutrition change is through improved health. For instance, the result of switching from whole milk to low-fat milk can be seen through low obesity rates. Additionally, consumption of foods without additives such as antibiotics or genetically modified ingredients is one way to reduce lifestyle diseases. Instead of purchasing readily processed foods such as fruit  juice, a nutritious meal should consist of default fresh fruit dessert.

            According to Strauss, urban agriculture or urban farming refers to the practice of animal husbandry, agroforestry, horticulture, bee-keeping, aquaculture and cultivating, processing and disseminating food products in the city (Bauer 401). Urban farmers can grow their own food which is accessed locally. The products of an urban farm are fresher, healthier vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. Some of the benefits of urban agriculture include enhanced food security, healthier food for urban dwellers, provision of learning opportunities, efficient use of land, and job creation. Permaculture involves the integration of plants and animals into a self-supporting healthy growing system that avails all conditions necessary for growth. This practice has played an integral role in reducing carbon emissions which is characteristic of cities. It has also fostered economic growth, community building and improved the overall public health in overpopulate cities. Besides, towns and villages have become a hotbed for green economy courtesy of urban agriculture.

Erica Straus identifies herself as an urban farmer for one fundamental reason. She has managed to utilize her farming gimmicks to maximize the little space in her Northwestern home to make lucrative profits from hands-on productive farming. Strauss has created a hands-on home for cultivating home-grown fruits and vegetables. She uses compost heap to grow vegetables and fruits in her home garden which is only one-twelfth of an acre. Strauss harvests a chunk of fruits and fresh vegetables from the farm. These edibles are sold in the urban suburb of Seattle, Washington. The author does not shun away from sharing her cooking, food growing, and urban homesteading experience.

Strauss farms mountains of vegetables and keeps ducks and chickens. Her work in promoting urban farming has been showcased in exhibitions, blog posts and photo essays which acknowledge her notable achievement as an urban homesteader (Bauer, 598).  Strauss is also an award-winning champion for a greener environment through her urban agriculture initiative. Additionally, she is a blogger who owns one of the most popular ad well respected blogs in the Pacific North West region which addresses numerous issues regarding homesteading and gardening. Her works have been utilized as a manuscript to provide guidelines on successful homestead farming and her contribution in the field has redefined the modern steakhouse of urban farming.  More and more farmers are emulating her example to farm local organic ingredients. Urban farming is a new money-generating venture for urban residents who, for a long period, have relied on remote farming to obtain food and other agricultural products.

Work Cited

Bauer, Holly. Food Matters: A Bedford Spotlight Reader. Bedford/St Martin’s, 2014