Is Bigger Better?
The abundance of America’s food supply in the postwar period raised concerns and fed controversy. Critics argued that the drive to achieve high yields and low food prices did not always take into account the hidden costs of mass production: threats to the environment, the welfare of animals, and the health and safety of workers and consumers, and the viability of small-scale farmers. The debates among scientists, farmers, politicians, and concerned citizens influenced changes in policy, marketing, and public opinion. Because food is so essential, the conversations are ongoing.