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Revision Paper 4 - 1 Natalie Cosgrove Professor Jake Jewisiak English 101 8 December 2010 An Unfulfilled Promise From colonial America to present

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1 Natalie Cosgrove Professor Jake Jewisiak English 101 8 December 2010 An Unfulfilled Promise From colonial America to present day America this nation has been proud of it’s long history of farming traditions . The false impressions of family operated farms and open grassy fields are what are blinding this country from the harsh reality of today’s food industry . The truth of the matter is that the way we eat has changed more in the past 50 years than the previous 10,000 . Our founding fathers promised that when a government becomes destructive and jeopardizes the safety of its citizens it should be abolished; however, food industry monopolies have been a national problem for the past two centuries that has lead to unjust treatment of farmers as well as totalitarian control of the food we eat . There is an intentional veil placed between consumers and where our food comes from . This is done because if individuals knew where their food was coming from they might not want to eat it . On almost every dairy product there is imagery of agrarian America and the words “farm fresh” are plastered everywhere . There is a sense of Cosgrove
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2 pastoral fantasy that tricks the consumer into purchasing these harmful products . These false advertising campaigns are used to get consumers to believe that these products actually come from a farm . It might be true that these products come from a farm, but they are not safe and healthy farms that companies are portraying . The farms of today are more like factories . These factory farms function with extensive assembly lines, large machines, and laborers that are working for minimum wage . It is astonishing that as an American consumer there is a world of the food industry that is deliberately hidden from us . The fact that what we use to nourish our bodies is what could be hurting us is a problem that needs to be immediately addressed by the United States government. Safety of farmers in the past used to be a huge concern among businesses because they were the producers of the food and held in high regard . When big businesses got greedy and began demanding more products at a lower price, the farmer’s wages and well-being were compromised . The concern of monopolies controlling the US food industry has been an issue that has been attacked by groups such as The Grange, Farmers’ Alliance, and most efficiently by the Populist Party . The Populist Party arose in the 1890’s with drought in the Great Plains . In addition, prices of cotton were falling to an all time low in the south and were creating extreme debt for tenant farmers . These farmers were able to speak out about their problems and get involved with the government to try and resolve issues . However in today’s modern world, problems among farmers are not as easily brought to the attention of the government , due to the Cosgrove
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Revision Paper 4 - 1 Natalie Cosgrove Professor Jake Jewisiak English 101 8 December 2010 An Unfulfilled Promise From colonial America to present

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