Health questions, such as the growing conditions of the product and the composition of the product when you encounter it at the store, are generally the most important aspect of an informed food consumer However we already have a health section which provides information foodstuff by foodstuff in a comprehensive manner, so the purpose here is to allow you the ability " to find" those foods, or types of foods, you have already become to believe are in your health interest to purchase However there are several other interests or considerations one might have in food purchases including; the environmental impact of the foodstuff, the ethical impact of animal foodstuffs, and whether businesses in the grocers pay a living wage. In the case of grocers however there are often long and confusing supply chains, and an informed consumer may need more information on the origins of the food than those who greet you at its final resting place are able to elaborate on So it may be necessary to have additional information of these primary supplier companies that can be read on the label of the can alone Now as stated elsewhere raising these concerns does not mean that the authors here are taking any particular position
The list here aims to capture how health effects, or at least changes in the composition of the food is changed by any type of processing of the food. This includes things like the spraying of pesticides, adding hormones and antibiotics of livestock, pollute environment for fish or other naturally caught animal products. It may also consider the types of soils, or practices regarding produce and how various practices might effect the nutrient . And finally some mention of how certain animals and produce may have been effected by hybridization as well as various genetic engineering processes which may have effected the foods
In the health section we attempt to outline how a particular food grown in a in something like a natural state, and what our understandings of that given food item are. In this section we add context of how the makeup of the natural occurring food item is processed, and
to the extent possible identifying what producers are doing what rearranging if you will.
However several of controversies arise in the health section most likely deserve some attention in this section For instance items like, MSG. High fructose corn sweeteners, artificial sugars, and other additives to foods need a special area of focus. not so much in discussing or deciding whether theses additives are a health problem, but simply to try to identify where on might find them and knowing how to find them
The attempt is to trace the course of foodstuffs, of which their are many types, from their origin to their arrival at your grocery store, restaurant, or something similar. The tracing in this process is generally focused on the activities, such as exposure to substance, heat light, etc that effect its compositional makeup of nutrients or harmful substances when it arrives at the store or restaurant A distinction worthy of measure in this effort is a comparison of large scale food producers, as opposed to smaller, , and often local or regional food producers, And finally there is the additional option of producing for yourself generally in your backyard but perhaps at community gardens or other shared local space
Generally it would seem to identify restaurants and grocers, and some shades in between the two, as the main locations where we find the products of these systems within our community