The Grocery Gap reading we had to do for class on Friday made a lot of sense to me. When I was driving back from Florida over Spring Break, we were travelling through mostly rural areas of Georgia all the way up to Susquehanna. I noticed that in these rural areas -there were no true places; like supermarkets- for people to buy food, just convenience stores and fast food restaurants. After noticing this pattern, I became curious as to why this was the case. After reading the Grocery Gap article, I think I came up with the main reason why these areas were lacking proper stores to buy healthier food: it is because the stores in these areas wouldn’t make enough money to support their expenses and this is due to the poverty levels of the areas. These people don’t have the proper income or budgets to buy the healthy, more expensive foods so they have no choice but to buy the crappy food at the convenience stores. People in these areas are unhealthier than people who live in more populated centers because they don’t have the resources or access to healthier foods.
I read an article on http://www.foodpolitics.com/2012/03/petitions-to-label-gm-foods-deserve-support/ and it was about why we should be labeling our foods if they are genetically modified. There is a national campaign that is fighting for required labeling of genetically modified foods in all supermarkets. They argue that if consumers distrust genetically modified foods, the industry has nobody to blame but itself. It has done little to inspire trust. Labeling promotes trust. Not labeling is undemocratic; it does not allow choice. This distrust in these companies is bad for business. They aren’t saying GMOs are harmful or wrong, they would actually welcome GMOs into their shopping lists, they are just fighting for the honest labeling of these products, which I found surprising. Every time I read/hear something that is about GMOs, the argument is always about how GMOs are harmful to people and the environment. I actually liked this article because these people are welcoming the inevitable future of food production, but they want an honest labeling system established to create a firmer market for the companies making and selling these GMOs and also honest labeling in the sense that it is upholding our democracy.