For those of you who haven’t watched Food Inc., please do!
It amazes me how much the food industries get away with, especially in meat productions. This film has the potential to open American’s eyes to make them more aware that those everyday products they are buying in the super market have been processed and most are genetically modified in some way. These products are doing damage to not only our health but also to the environment, animals and the everyday life we live in. We figure that with the new technology erupting in our fast paced world that they would figure out safer ways to handle the foods that are getting passed along but instead it is doing more harm than good. The FDA is not conducting enough inspections than they used to, so this poses a serious threat to our health. Most of our products come from corn simply because America is always going for the cheapest and fastest way to produce without thinking of the health problems that could occur. When a cow consumes a high corn diet, E. coli can be produced. This ultimately leads to an outbreak of deaths or illnesses on human and animal lives. Also, because of the run off from factory farms, E. coli is not only found in beef, but also leafy greens and even products such as apple juice. The food industry is not realizing the harm it is doing to the country. These companies believe the best way to have their farms is to produce the most amount of food even if it is unhealthier than the natural way of producing and making people sick.
It also amazes me that the USDA doesn’t have the authority to close down plants that produce contaminated meat. Corporate meat processors are against Kevin’s Law arguing that it would increase the cost of food and is unnecessary. Four hundred animals are slaughtered in one hour and most of the big companies such as Tyson and Purdue would not even allow the film producers to view the chicken houses because of the animal cruelty and unhealthy ways they are making our country have the largest production of food in the entire world. Most people in these companies would not even be interviewed because they know what they are doing is wrong, but they are able to do it because they are in charge of getting food to our plates in large quantities in a short amount of time. Food companies are getting paid to overproduce food that goes to waste and it amazes me how not enough people care. As long as Americans are eating and have food on their plate, their happy. This is why food industries remain the way they are today.
Also, poor families can’t afford healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables simply because they are more expensive than the average fast food the nation turns to for quick and cheap access. This is leading to type two diabetes and putting children at a much higher risk for developing other chronic diseases. If our food system was smart enough to stop our nation from being the most obese nation, it would lower the prices of healthier foods so that poorer families could afford eating healthier and be just as nutritious that others who have the money to be are.
The food industry is also using humans as machines. Meat packing is one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. Also, this is why we see most immigrants are the ones working for these companies. The companies are making more money because they work for less than the average American would want to make. Most of these immigrants are getting arrested and caught in the end, but the industries don’t care because they know they will get more to work for them.
Another shock to me was that farmers are not allowed to keep their own seeds and must use a genetically modified seed or Monsanto gene. Farmers that are caught by Monsanto not using their gene and using their own original seeds will most likely be fired or shut down. It is amazing how far our food industry has become to being unfair. We also see that most of the government has been involved in the food industry before, which is why we see there is no change being made because they all know the ways companies need to be produced in order to get a large quantity of food to the people.
Consumers can change the way the money system works. For example, Wal-Mart was able to change their milk products to a safer level simply because of the amount of customers who were buying a certain type of milk rather than other milk provided. As of March 2008, Wal-Mart’s Great Value milk no longer contains rBST, which is a dangerous growth hormone injected into cows which could risk consumers overall health. From this film, I have learned that stores base their products on consumers wants and if customers were able to change the way we eat and not buy the products that are harmful to our health, we could ultimately change the growing problem of sicknesses and diseases caused by these foods. The only way to do this though, is to make the public more aware and knowledgeable to the point where we can all make a difference and become larger than these companies who are mass producing and making our nation sicker rather than healthier. Food Inc. is definitely a film that all Americans should watch because not only does it have interesting facts, it tells you the truth and makes us more aware of the foods we’re putting into our mouths everyday.
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