Free Writes By Carly Dietrich

Jan. 28

*Do you read food labels? If so, why? If not, why not? What information do you think should be included on food labels in the United States?

Yes, I do read food labels. I read them because I like to think of myself as a pretty health conscious person, and I like to know what I am putting into my body. I am also an athlete, and I need know what I am eating before and after workouts. I need to make sure that I am eating the right nutrients to keep my body moving and going strong for my sport.
In all honesty, I wish food labels said "Eat only this amount so you are still being healthy". That would make things pretty easy, especially on junk food. If it was staring me in the face hopefully I wouldn't be so tempted to eat the whole bag of Doritos….but I am sure I still would.

Jan 29

*Who should decide what is on food labels? What should be included? NY Times Article on Beef Processing

I believe that anything that is put into our food, ingredients,"purifying agents", anything should be somewhere on the surface of that product and readable for that matter, no ridiculously small print. To me if they are not, I feel that they are trying to hide something from us. There should be zero secrets involving the food we eat in my opinion. Odds are, most people will eat it regardless of what is in it…

Jan 31

*After reading the three articles about the pink slime debate, where do you fall on this issue? Should it be labeled differently? Which argument(s) did you find most compelling? Why? What preconceptions (baggage) did you bring with you to this debate that might be influencing your position?

I feel that it was wrong of BPI to use these products and not share the information with the public. We should know exactly what we are eating and what has been injected into what we are eating. That being said, if the public knows what they are eating then I believe that its okay for companies to use these products. If some of the public choses not to eat this "pink slime" then they have the choice not to. The fact that is was a secret was the problem. America is about freedom, but if we don't have choices then our choices are being pick for us; that doesn't sound like freedom to me.

Feb 19

1.What are the most direct causes of the exigence about which you are writing?
2.What economic or business conditions may play a role in this exigence?
3.What societal attitudes, fears, or values may have initiated it or indirectly supported it?

1. Hopefully people know of the fragile state our environment is. Our world is slowly depleting and we need to make changes to help. One small, but a change none the less could be stop production of plastic water bottle. It would save energy, resources, and money for that matter. Deleting the production of plastic water bottles would help our world in more ways than just one.

2. Economic- If we were to stop the use of plastic water bottles, it would save a large amount of money for nations. It sound silly, but the amount if money that goes into this process is quite alarming. But, it would also sadly put a large amount of working people out of work. That would also be a reason of protest to not stop production.

3. The reason I chose this topic is specifically fear…I am horrified about what is happening to our planet and it worries me that not many people seem to care. If production of these products were to clean up our landfills, oceans, save energy, resources, and money; why wouldn't we stop.

March 22*

What solution to your crisis can you propose? How will your solution address specific elements or causes of the crisis?
How is your solution particularly practical, logical, manageable, ethical, humane, or economical?
What else has been tried or proposed? Why is your solution the solution your audience should embrace?

1. Reusable water bottles and filter systems. Plastic water bottle production should stop and the public should be forced to use them instead of plastic bottles. This solution will help the waste (production and bottles) element of this problem. Also, it will help the environmental effects element of my crisis.

2. Economical: Money will be saved because production will stop and bottles won't be bought
Manageable: Smaller amount of work will need to be done
Logical: This will help our planet…so to me it is logical

3.The audience should embrace this solution because it is good for the environment, reasonable economically, and saves resources.

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