Response to in class video
How to get fat without really trying
In the video ABC’s news reporter Peter Jennings investigates the connection between the federal government’s agricultural policies and the food industry growing irresponsibly in terms of the kinds of behaviors and practices they engage in and how when put together both the government and the food industry have played large roles (whether knowingly or not) in the dramatic increase of obesity in this country. In essence Peter Jennings states that the federal government agricultural policies have helped promote and in some cases even encourage many of the bad behaviors and practices exhibited by the food industry. One of the arguments he’s gives in support of this clam is the disproportion in federal agricultural subsidies and how more and more subsidies are going to foods Americans should be eating less of like sweets and meats (indirectly through the constant subsidies of corn which is used to make artificial sweeteners and to feed the cattle that are used in meat production), while fewer subsidies go to foods we should be eating more of like fruits and vegetables (which only receive a total of 1% of these subsides).
As a whole I really enjoyed the video and was very surprised to how much I did not know when it came to the Federal Gov. and their agricultural policies. In the end I found myself agreeing 100% with Peter Jennings and realizing for myself that the government should acknowledge the connection between their agricultural policies and the growing obesity epidemic in this country and take responsibly for the effects of their actions and attempt to reverse the disproportion in agricultural subsidies. By doing so I believe that we would at least start to see a change in the many of the irresponsible trends displayed by the food industry. For example part of the reason why many food companies continue to use corn based artificial sweeteners over their real natural sugar counterparts is because it is a lot cheaper to do so due to the disproportion in subsidies. Thus once there is more balance there will be less incentive to continue under current trends which after watching this video we can all agree is taking us down a path of increasing obesity.