Free Write DeJong

Yes, I do read food labels. I like to at least be aware of what things are going into my body, even if they are bad. In the U.S. I think on containers everything should contain a recommended amount of each nutrition factor on the item per day, I have seen some but a lot do not have that. I think this would be very helpful for people who do not know much about nutrition.

After reading the article I found out more than I thought I knew about food labels and what not. The article discussed this "beef" that is actually being processed with ammonia to "purify" the beef and kill off salmonella. But they do not put this on any food labels because "it's a processing agent, not an ingredient." After finding this out I think "processing agents" should also be required on food labels for the sake of that people deserve the right to know what they are putting into their bodies. May it lose customers by doing this? Maybe, but many will choose that this is still fine and proceed to buy these items as well. It also may lead to finding safer alternatives by having to put all of this on a food label.

Now after reading three articles about the "pink slime" I believe that this processing method with ammonia can continue but if a company chooses to use it MUST require it on the package. I feel this would be fair because then if people do buy this they are fully aware of what they are putting into their bodies and can make the decision if they want to do that or not. America is "the land off the free," and if someone chooses to potentially take this risk, they should be able to. Along with this I think the exception should be in school districts or cafeterias where people do not get the option to eat something else. Any places like this should not use this "pink slime".
This was also the best argument that i found in these three articles. It is not fair for kids who have to eat the school lunches with no other option but to eat this beef processed with ammonia. Fast food places though are different. It is a persons choice to pick a fast food restaurant that serves these products. If they don't agree or choose to consume this, they can easily pick a different place to eat.

My topic I have chosen is how tap water is just as safe as bottled water, a lot less costly and much safer for the environment. Also how harmful bottled water is on the environment.

  • What are the most direct causes of the exigence about which you are writing?

I think the most direct causes of this problem is lack of knowledge the public knows. Also with tap water being just as safe as bottled there is also the problem that people are lazy to keep a bottle and keep filling it up. So instead they throw out one plastic bottle and grab a new one.

  • What economic or business conditions may play a role in this exigence?

Bottled water companies want to stay in business

  • What societal attitudes, fears, or values may have initiated it or indirectly supported it?

In foreign countries where tap water is known to carry harmful substances to your health


  • What solution to your crisis can you propose? How will your solution address specific elements or causes of the crisis?

One solution I'm thinking of is getting the knowledge of this topic to the public and educating them on it. Because as studies show people have no idea about he topic a name off reasons like "convenience" and "lazy". What they don't know is that by doing just this small task (of using tap water) they will help in saving the environment and all the damage done because of bottled water.

  • How is your solution particularly practical, logical, manageable, ethical, humane, or economical?

This solution is practical and manageable because it doesn't take that much to educate. Things like posters, speakers and even classes will do more than expected. When it comes down to it there is very few sources were people learn about this topic unless they go out of their way to search for it.

  • What else has been tried or proposed? Why is your solution the solution your audience should embrace?

A new type of material used for bottled water that decomposes in a much safe and faster time. This could also be a better solution because of the huge population drinking bottled water many are unlikely going to change their ways, this is a better way and sort of a compromise. If I decide to go with my solution I would say my audience should embrace it because it applies to them. They are included in the public and they could be the starting block of people to become educated about this topic.

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