Childcare Essay

1005 words - 5 pages

The United States is very proud of the fact that we have lots of options and our grocery stores are able to stock their shelves with lots of options so that we are able to purchase what we want; that means food items too. We like to plan our meals in advance and then go to the grocery and buy the items we need for those meals. We can also just pick out items that are readily available and then plan our meals around those items. What we usually don’t do, is think about where those items come from. Some of the items may come from here in the United States and some may come from other counties. There could be good things and not so good things come from items produced inside and outside of ...view middle of the document...

(Dean, 2007) This also slows down the ripening of the fruits and vegetables which is a good thing, because they may have to sit in the store for a little while before they are bought and taken home to eat. Now the not so good thing is that these preservatives that slow down the ripening process also promote obesity. Also, while the produce is in transport they could lose vitamins, so it’s best that they stay on the vine to allow them to ripen the way nature intended. The fact is, if we want healthy produce we need to purchase it locally like Farmer’s Markets or grocers that purchase their produce from local farmers.
Purchasing produce from Farmer’s Markets or grocers that purchase produce from local farmers also stimulates the local economy. According to Dean, we double the amount of money that goes back into the local economy, and according to Pretty, corporate farms gain just a small part of the cost to produce a single loaf of bread, after they harvest, ship, process and package their produce. The corporate farmers have to produce much larger crops just to be able to make enough money to live while the small farmer sells his produce at a higher price and returns the money into his farming business, therefore, stimulating the local economy.
I called Wal-Mart, where I do all my grocery shopping, to ask them questions about where they purchase certain items that I purchase on a regular basis. I wanted to find out where these items that I purchase come from. Wal-Mart employees where not very helpful, it seems they don’t know much. I did find out from searching the internet that Wal-Mart purchases their eggs from Hillandale Farms. Hillandale Farms has several locations around the Midwest, so I am assuming...

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