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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

WSJ: 8 Important and Current Food Issues

Food is one of those topics that is talked about, discussed, debated and even loved by just about everyone. Whether it be an elementary student talking about how bad the food tastes in the cafeteria or the college student who is upset that there are no "vegan options" in their cafeteria or the hard-working employee who simply refuses to eat anything from their cafeteria in lieu of bringing lunch from home -- everyone one has something good or bad to say about food. 

We are in a time of complete unrest when it comes to deciding what to make for dinner on a Tuesday night because there is no time to make anything "healthy" -- and well -- let's be honest, there is a Kentucky Fried Chicken on the way home from work. How easy is that? But, perhaps much to the disappointment of many food manufacturers and fast-food restaurant chains, people are putting some thought into what they are eating. Don't get me wrong, there is still a very large percentage of people out there that need help deciding what to eat, but alas times are changing. And...people deserve to know what is in the food they eat, right?

The Wall Street Journal has shared a very thought-provoking segment called "Food: Squaring Off", which involves various advocates/experts participating in a debate on various topics that are very much talked about in the current media, the school classroom and even at the "water cooler" at work.

The topics are as follows:

1) Should Companies Be Required to Label Genetically Modified Foods? Yes or No.

2) Should There Be a Tax on Soda and Other Sugary Drinks? Yes or No.

3) Is Feedlot Beef Bad for the Environment? Yes or No.

4) How Can Big Food Compete With Fresher and More Natural Alternatives?

5) Can Organic Food Feed the World? Yes or No.

6) Do "Food Deserts" Cause Unhealthy Eating in Poor Neighborhoods? Yes or No.

7) Is it Unethical to Eat Foie Gras? Yes or No.

8) Should Washington End Agriculture Subsidies? Yes or No.

The 8 Issues mentioned above are very current topics of conversation that can definitely use the effort of citizens everywhere in becoming more aware and informed of the heated debates that can truly change the way we eat.  

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