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Food Issues The following power point will give you basic information on the following topics • Factory farming • Fairtrade • Organic farming • GM crops • Irradiation
Factory Farming • Animals kept in inhumane conditions to maximise output and minimise costs. • Some of these savings are passed on to the consumer, but is it moral? • ‘value’ ranges, eggs from caged hens are examples of such products • Many people believe it is better to buy free range and organic products the meatrix
Fairtrade • Farmers in developing countries are paid fairly for their products • The money is used to cover costs • Any money left over is used to improve the local community • There is a wide range of Fairtrade products on sale
Organic • Organic foods are more natural • Crops are grown without artificial chemicals such as pesticides • Many people believe this is better for the environment as well as the consumer • There is more crop wastage so organic food is more expensive
GM Crops • = Genetically Modified • The DNA is altered • This is done to make bigger, better products • They are more resilient to disease • The concern is… what effect might this have on people who eat them?
Irradiation • Foods are exposed to gamma rays • This destroys bacteria and other micro organisms to make foods last longer • It is used on fruit, vegetables, spices, cereals, fish and poultry. • Concerns include: • risk to workers of accidental exposure to dangerous levels of radiation • Possible damage to local environment caused by accidents at processing plant • Long term effect on consumers