The food we eat today is much healthier than in the past.
As an old saying goes, hunger breeds discontentment. Therefore Homo sapiens, throughout the history, spare no efforts to improve the quantity, quality and the taste of food. Unfortunately, despite of these efforts, the food we eat today is less healthier than that in the past, and it has to become a serious social issue in （猜词互动） need of attention.
The first reason why we are gradually losing the healthy element in food is the addition of chemical element. On the one hand, for the sake of the mounting population, the use of pesticides has come to play an indispensable role in agriculture. Without pesticides, we have low yield, and with low yield, we cannot support the starving people. On the other hand, pollution, be it air, water, or soil, implicitly affect the crops in the field. The situation in China could be a suitable yet pathetic example in this case. According to China’s Food Safety Issues Worse Than You Thought by NANCY HUEHNERGARTH, The soil and water are both widely and terribly contaminated. The soil study (the government) finished in 2010 had been locked away as a state secret until recently when they admitted that 20 percent of the nation’s farmland is contaminated — a figure that most who live here would suspect to be low as well as out of date. As to the water, the groundwater of 90 percent of our cities is contaminated to some degree while 64 percent of the groundwater in our cities is severely polluted. This is a stark contrast with scenarios decades ago when there were no factories emitting pollutants into rivers or air, and there were no chemical sprays employed in the process of planting.
Food safety is another issue to concern, especially the food of street stalls and cheap restaurants. First and foremost, workers there have limited knowledge of hygiene and sanitation. The vast majority of people are not yet familiar with the concept of a germ, virus or bacteria, or basic hygiene practices such as hand washing or avoiding cross-contamination of food. What is even more pathetic is that large multinational food corporations operating do not have sanitation and food safety standards equivalent to international standards. Shuanghui International, China’s biggest meat products company (which purchased Smithfield Foods last year for $4.7 billion), has been plagued by constant reports here in this country of meat infested with maggots, customers succumbing to food poisoning, and random testing that shows illegal levels of bacteria and illegal additives such as clenbuterol in their meat. But back to old days, partly due to the limited level of income, people seldom went out to eat, and when they were cooking at home, they would at least guarantee that the food they eat were free of parasites, additives, and were handled properly to be hygienic and healthy.
Last but not least, the way of cooking has be tailored to meet the demands of modern people, making them more tasty than healthy.