“The Future of Food Production” and “What’s Eating America” response

1. Both authors, Forman and Pollman, establish ethos of reliability through their tone of voice, knowledge of the subject, and use of info-graphics. An “informative tone” is used throughout each report. They clearly describe their findings through both primary and secondary research. A great amount of factual information is given to the reader in condensed paragraphs. Additionally, photographs, charts, and statistics are shown to support the data being presented in the reports.
2. Many features of the genre are in play in both reports. Forman focuses on the industrial food system, while Pollman zeros in on corn and its use of nitrogen. Concentrating on these topics, both authors define specific terms related to their subject to give the reader clarification and to establish their credibility. In terms of trustworthiness, Forman did a better job of creating ethos. He states that he conducted his own primary research by having personal interviews with professionals in the field. Pollman, on the other hand, only uses secondary research in his report. Their layout or organization of their information was professional and formal, similar to their tone of voice.
3. Throughout Forman’s report, he tries to convince the reader that our food system should be maintained by both the government and consumers. There are many goals that need to be reached and cannot be achieved unless we work as a cohesive unit. Pollman wants the reader to understand ways in which we can reduce our use of synthetic nitrogen. He claims, the best way in doing so is to create a “diversified agriculture”. Alternating crops and feeding farm animals unused nutrients are steps in the right direction. Unlike our topics in our Mapping the Problem Essay, these issues have no particular solution or still exist. The problems within our essay our written in future tense, therefore, the issue has already been resolved. For this reason, we can only state arguments as to why such a solution was put in place, or for what reason the problem disappeared.


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