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Its March 10th, 2020. What are you eating for dinner?

In the year 2020 I am 28 years old. I am eating at a table with my husband seemingly the landscape of food production has not changed drastically. However there do exist significant shifts in food production practices to accommodate future needs and develop an infrastructure to cope with imminent predicaments.

Due to exponential population growth in developing nations, a large portion of our food is not imported but grown in the US. We bought our produce from our local supermarket of which the supply began in gigantic subsidized American farms. The US is still an international superpower with a ever-growing situation of inequality. This contributes to a division in the food product delineated by social class. While the "wh*** foods"/"natural foods" movement is still flourishing, inequality and food deserts in lower income neighborhoods has led to lower cla**** being precluded to consuming foods containing dangerous additives such as Olestra (A fat substitute that partially prevents your intestine from absorbing important nutrients such as beta-carotene and lycopene, once considered safe), while higher social cla**** dine on products with no additives that use expensive processes such as Irradiation (use of radiant energy source to destroy microorganism DNA) for preservation. The sheer expense of food has caused families in America to become smaller and led demographic shifts that have created a condition of zero population growth that is conducive to the advent of the most prolific agricultural industry in the world. In an increasingly capitalist state, America has taken advantage of this opportunity to create a "two-type food system" in which producers only offer two quality levels of food that are quite divergent in their standards of safety.

Of course the food that my husband and I dine on is delicious, but its the only choice we have. We must sacrifice other expenses so that we can afford an elevated grade of food because the only other option is toxic. However this is how the agricultural product industry leveraged itself to capturing the most amount of profit as possible to become the illustrious market of the most illustrious nation in the world.

As a nation we should have been able to pre-empt such a situation bolstered by the zeal of corporations to fortify their profits. We should have seen it coming before, however hindsight is 20/20.

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