Engl 153 ASS2
Part 1: Article Summary
The article Kill, Clean, Eat, and Repeat by Shanon Zachidniak is an incredible article about healthy living providing a broadened perception and understanding of the whole question of food security and healthy living. At the center of this article, Zachidniak argues that some of the challenges that are faced today with food around the world could be solved with change in paradigm where locally available and safe sources are turned to for remedy. He draws his motivation from an episode from The Hunger Games, which provides different insights about hunting and the benefits of game meat as opposed to commercially prepared meat in the market.
Zachidniak argues that in order for there to be sustainable food security, the society has to turn to what he calls the concept of Community Food Security. Zachidniak defines this concept as the case where people are able to get safe food that is both nutritionally sufficient and culturally acceptable. This has to be done in a way that makes the community self-reliant as far as food security is concerned (Zachidniak 1). In this regard, Zachidniak advocates for the use of game meat as a realistic alternative for food security especially from the standpoint of meat consumption and adds that game meat in all respects, fulfills the criteria set above for community food security (Zachidniak 1). From this suggestion, Zachidniak calls for the eating and preference for local wild meat in reasonable quantities as a way of ensuring that there is safety in the kind of products you consumer and there is a likelihood of a better security with the supply of such sources (Zachidniak 1). This would also help improve the amount of environmental knowledge that one would come across as they learn new skills of hunting and knowing how to live within the society being very conscious of the environment around you.
Part 2: Rhetorical Analysis of the Article
Zachidniak’s article provides very interesting insights about food security and normal preferences that when interrogated at a closer perception could really provide a side view of what food security has become today. Considering the current global distribution network of food products that usually leads to a lot of transformation of what we eventually consume, Zachidniak’s insights are very critical and sound as possible solutions to the problem of food security and safety of the meat that we eat. In fact he provides three grounds of rational that support his argument which is very sound and fathomable arguing that first of all, resorting to game meat assures you of the source of your meat that you are always assured where your food comes from and you get it fresh (Zachidniak 1). Secondly, the author adds that the whole process will help you learn new skills in hunting and butchering your own food and most importantly, this makes you not culpable for contributing to the gentrification of the food system (Zachidniak 1). Thirdly, there are many benefits that are associated with game meat that should make it the choice for many for a healthier society.
The first strategy indicates that game meat is safe and always available. From a contextual analysis perspective, this article is not just good in its suggestions and recommendations but also for the general information that is shares with the reader. From the article we learn that the normal global distribution networks involved in food security processes has shortcomings that make it insufficient for everyone. One of these challenges is the many ethical pitfalls that come with the preparation, transportation, conservation, and supply of these foods in addition to the many effects it has to the environment (Zachidniak 1). With these details, Zachidniak’s uses the Cause-effect strategy to further establish the points being made in the article. Here the central argument that if game meat is preferred, there is a considerable chance that there will be better stability on issues of food security. It will also generally be well acquainted with their environment while at the same time being able to learn survival skills of hunting and sourcing for their food from within their environment (Zachidniak 1).
Secondly, the article argues that relying on game meet requires that people learn basic skills of hunting as a means of survival tactics to help them cope up with the demands in the market. Here the author uses the strategy of logical appeals providing a very rational argument and reasons that support the assertion that turning to game meat may actually solve the problem of food security to a substantial degree while at the same time helping people acquire specific skills that are paramount for the human existence (Zachidniak 1). These skills are embodied in hunting skills that would transform the society into being environmentally friendly and responsible when they look for their food within the environment.
Thirdly, in the article’s conclusion the author makes an emotional appeal arguing that there are greater benefits associated with game meat as opposed to the traditional avenues where meat is obtained through the global distribution networks. This the author does not merely achieve through making abstract statements but rather uses personal examples not only to establish credibility about his convictions but also to create an understanding in the reader’s mind that he knows what he is talking about. He provides examples of situations where he has directly been involved in hunting and preparation of hunted meat from which he draws his conclusions about how ideal this meat is both nutritionally and in terms of sustainability.
In summary therefore, Zachidniak’s article has been very well articulated that even if it addresses a relatively difficult topic with non-conventional suggestions, the writer has done well to still present the assertions in the article in a way that can be followed and considered by the reader. The author has organized his thoughts in good developmental paragraphs each containing separate ideas and this makes it easier for the reader to follow and understand the article better. It is an incredible read. The central argument that he seeks to pass to the reader seeks to defend the appropriateness of game meat as an alternative to the conventional industry processed meat which is scarce and faced with many ethical issues. The article argues that game meat is safe for consumption, devoid of ethical complication, readily available and encourages environmental sensitivity which is good for humanity.
Zachidniak, Shanon. “Kill, Clean, Eat and Repeat”. Society, Environment. May 27 2015. 30 October 2015. <http://briarpatchmagazine.com/articles/view/kill-clean-eat-and-repeat>.