The conversations in class that have taken place recently have made me look at things in a different way; this class as a whole has broadened my views on certain issues. Most recently, the words "technological fix" came up in class today (by Annie I think). The statement made me think harder about what the purpose of processed foods really is. Nowadays, it seems as though the general population is in such a rush to complete tasks in a timely manner. This rush has caused many people to lower their standards for the food products they consume.
According to page 123 of In Defense of Food by Pollan, "only 20% of American children and 32% of adults eat the recommended five daily servings" of fruits and vegetables. I believe this deficiency is due to the availability of processed foods and (mainly) the decisions of its consumers. Processed foods have made it easier for most people to prepare and eat a meal in about 20 minutes. The creation and innovations concerning processed foods is a reason why "two-thirds of (Americans) are overweight or obese" (Pollan, p. 135). Originally, processed foods were meant to preserve food and have a longer shelf life, and now, eating processed foods is the "normal" thing to do.
I am not sure if anyone really thought that preserving our foods would lead to such problems. These problems resulted from the "technological fix" of foods that are not eaten in their natural state. "The practice of refining carbohydrates is implicated in several of these chronic diseases - diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers," Pollan writes on page 109. I believe that the idea of preserving and altering our foods was a good idea at the beginning but has taken a wrong turn and lead us down a road that will not end for quite some time. It is going to be extremely difficult for us to overcome our way of life, but it needs to be done.