Hot Dog as an Industrially Produced Human Food
Prior to the onset of agricultural industrialization, humans used to consume unprocessed food. This food included vegetables, fruits, and animal products, which had been preserved during summer periods. However, due to a rapidly increasing population, industrially-produced foods have taken over in an attempt to counter the ever-growing demand for food. According to research conducted by the Nielsen Company, approximately 1 billion pounds worth of hot dog were earned through retail stores. In terms of retail sales, the number mentioned above is approximately $2.4 billion (“Consumption Stats | NHDSC”, 2018). The statistics therefore indicates that hot dogs have high demand especially in America. My sustainability assessment will address briefly the hot dog as an industrially produced human food.
The hot dog is practically not environmentally sound because it is associated with the spread of Listeria monocytogenes. According to a research done by Douglas (2006), Listeria monocytogenes is a type of harmful bacteria, which is spread through ready to eat (RTE), or through contact with already contaminated service or refrigerator. The bacteria can cause miscarriage, weakened the immune system and even death. Additionally, the preparation of a hot dog involves a number of ingredients depending on the desired flavor. The industrial hot dog contains monosodium glutamate (MSG) an ingredient which that gives it a meat-like taste and is associated with several health complications such as depression, migraine headaches, asthma, atrial fibrillation, and diabetes.
The industrially produced hot dog is economically feasible because it can be used to feed a large number of individuals and its production process is less costly. History holds that hot dog has been entrenched in the American culture due to its ready acceptance (Rouse, & Radigan, 2016). Due to its economic feasibility, the American government has for a long time encouraged its production and consumption.
My industrially produced human food (hot dog) is socially equitable because it is widely accepted in America. The demand for readily available food, produced by the individuals from all walks of life in America has earned hot dog consumption a cultural aspect. Chicago harbors approximately 2500 locations where an individual can find a fixed hot dog restaurant (Kraig, 2016). Chicago is well recognized for its production of quality hot dogs across the world.
Hot dog, as an industrially produced food for human consumption, is economically feasible, and socially equitable. However, not environmentally sound because it can cause a number of health problems such as miscarriage, and asthma.
Douglas, C. (2006). A Joint American Tradition: Hot Dogs, FDA & USDA.
Kraig, B. (2016). The Sign of the Three: Chicago Food Culture. История еды и традиции питания народов мира, 229.
Rouse, T., & Radigan, J. (2016). What’s in your hot dog? A histological comparative analysis. The Medical Journal of Australia, 205(11), 519-520.