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J Anderson COM 101 Persuasive Speech – December 1, 2010 Introduction: Specific Purpose: To persuade our audience to buy and eat organic local meats and produce not only for their health and protection from chemically and genetically enhanced foods but also to sustain and help our local community and economy. Attention Grabber: Today I would like to speak on a topic that is very close to all of our hearts,.. That being our pockets and our stomachs, you may ask yourself what do I mean by this? I’m talking about your health, Food and $. Tied together these things help to sustain our every day lives.

Our economy is in crisis people are unhappy and unhealthy. How do we fix this? Central Idea/Credibility Statement: My name is Jack Anderson, for the past 5 years I have worked in local organic meat and produce markets, gardens and farms from ranging from here in Ann Arbor and all the way to New Zealand. In 2005 I studied sports nutrition under tony deccieo the U. S. women’s soccer world cup head coach. Today I will provide you with information, ideas and steps to help you make better food and health choices, starting close to home. Main Points Preview: We all have to eat, and most of us enjoy eating.

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As Americans we are inundated every day with corporate advertising persuading us to buy prepared and big brand industrliaized food items that are not good for the planet or us. They portray them as glamiours and convenient with bright, colorful and happy ads, Cows grazing in green pastures, produce picked straight from the ground and on to your plate. If these advertisements portrayed the entire reality, a dark side of the meat and produce industry would come to light. Body: (Transition: After much research I have found that there is a much darker side to the industrial food system. I. First there is genetically engineered seeds and organisms; this is when a seed is manipulated in a laboratory by a scientist to produce some thing not intended by nature. This is like taking the DNA from a chicken and combining it with the DNA of a potato, don’t get me wrong I like to eat chicken and potatoes (visual aid) but this is not right. These seeds are then planted and grow. According to the FDA the food and drug administrant. The food these plants produce has been proven to cause cancer and other health problems in lab animals.

People have been eating food produced this way since the early 1990’s, most folks don’t even know this exists. What might it do to us? a. Conventional farmers use chemical fertilizers made from fossil fuels that they mix with the dirt to make plants grow. They do this because they have stripped the soil from all its natural nutrients from growing the same crop over and over again. b. Next the more harmful chemicals, Pesticides and herbicides that Farmers spray on produce to kill bugs and weeds. When it rains these chemicals seep into the ground or run off into our waterways poisoning our water. . Then the distributors irradiate our food trying to make it last longer so it can travel thousands of miles from where its grown our supermarkets. (Transition: How can we make a change? How can you make a difference? ) II. Well folks it’s easy and has been around for along time. You just have to look. I live in downtown Ann Arbor and there is a movement for this thing that is becoming more popular by the day. The term for this is “locavore”, coined by Jessica Prentice of the San Francisco bay area world environment committee. locavor” to describe and promote the practice of eating a diet consisting of food harvested from within an area, most commonly bound by a 100-mile radius. I know we are busy people, but here are some things to think about. a. The benefit of supporting local food helps not only you, but also your community. b. Some people say that eating local or organic is more expensive. But is it really? From all these things I’ve learned about the “food system” I look at it this way. Either pay for healthy fresh foods now, or pay for your health bills later.

Ill leave that up to you, but I know witch one I would choose. c. Eating local effects the number of miles our food travels, giving us fresher goods there fore goods are shipped fewer miles, lessening pollution caused by long distance shipping. Our dollars can support local farmers and shippers, helping our local economy and giving, us healthier fresher food. d. There are markets out there that sell meat from happy cows that do graze in green pastures. like knights market all there meat is hormone free USDA prime grass fed beef from local Michigan farms. The chickens are all organic true Amish chickens.

Sparro market in Kerry town also sells local beef and poultry. e. Every Wednesday and Saturday from 7am to 3pm Kerry town holds there farmers market it showcases all the areas finest locally grown and produced food. When you shop locally you also get to know the people that grow your food. Witch is always reassuring and nice. f. The Ann Arbor food co-op has dedicated an entire section of their market to locally grown and harvested foods. Conclusion: Restatement of basic ideas: As more people catch on to the idea of becoming a locovore, there will be more jobs in the community created by food.

We will be a healthier society freed from chemicals and genetically enhanced foods, and lets just face it. We will all be that more connected as a community, And that my friends, is how we can make a difference. Making the change to eating healthy and buying locally can take some time, planning, and responsibility, but it’s worth it, for you, your health and contribution to the prosperity of your community. End statement: Try to become a “Locovore”. Next time you’re at the grocery store think local, choose organic, know your farmer, and know your food. Bibliography 1. Cancer within lab Animals” U S Food and Drug Administration 13 October 1998 www. fda. gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/NCTR/WhatWeDo/NCTRResearchPriorities. htm. Web. 24 November 2010 2. “Knights Market organic meat” Personal reference Bobby Knight 18 November 2010 3. “Loclovore” Publication reference 5 October 2005 http://www. sustainabletable. org/issues/eatlocal/. Web. 24 November 2010 4. ”Organic food section” Business reference Ann Arbor Food Co-Op 26 November 2010 5. “Farmers Market hr’s of operation” 19 November 2010 http://kerrytown. org/calendar. asp. Web. 6. ” Photos from slide” PETA Photo reference 21 November 2010 www. PETA. com


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