Sample English Essay on Sacrifice of Quality on the Altar of Quantity

Sacrifice of Quality on the Altar of Quantity

Although there has been tremendous progress has been made in increasing industrially processed food to meet the world demand, quality has been the tradeoff. The food system in place devoted its course to producing more yields at a cheap pricing. However, this has come at a price of reduced nutritional value of the grown foods. In the quest of a sustainable solution concerning food security, is the effects of the food system based on increased yields a positive or retrogressive measure?

According to Pollan research figures by the USDA of 43 crops tracked since 1950s, vitamin C declined by 20%, riboflavin by 38%, iron by 15%, calcium by 16% (118). Comparison with government figures from England also shows 10% reduction in the above-mentioned crops. Therefore, it implies that one has to eat more quantity to obtain the same amount of nutrients than it was in the 50s. The single focus on food crops increases yields and a blind spot that erodes the nutritional quality of food, something that relates to nutritional inflation. The nutritional inflation is founded upon two principles: changes in how food is grown and changes in the kind of food grown.

In addition, crops grown with industrial fertilizers were nutritionally inferior to the same variety grown in organic soil. There are many factors that highlight the benefits associated with industrial fertilizers including longer growing period that allows crops to accumulate nutrients. There is also the deep roots as compared to the industrially grown shallow roots to access more nutrients and slow organic decomposition releasing plant nutrients some of which might not be known by science. Also, there is the most symbiotic elements present in biologically active cells.

Lastly, Holstein cows and their less improved counterparts gave the same deductions. The reduced levels of micronutrients lead to deficiency syndromes and that it can even damage the DNA. Hence, if Ames is right then it can be deduced that a food system based on quantity as opposed to quality has a negative feedback loop and is an effort in futility.

Works Cited

Pollan, Michael. “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto”. New York: Penguin, 2008. Print.