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Industrialized Food System


A wide range of activities and disciplines in modern food production. From a consumer perspective, the industrialized food system might be equated with corporate farming. As such, it represents large-scale, vertically integrated food production businesses, seen as the source of a range of effects (some undesirable) on the environment, on food quality, and on society in general.

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The industrialized food values are the opposite of organic food values. The industrialized food system focuses on maximizing production in a systematic way using massive amount of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, without regarding its long term consequences for the soil’s health.
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