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The current method of raw food production is largely a response to the growth of the fast food industry since the 1950s. The production of food overall has more drastically changed since that time than the several thousand years prior. Controlled primarily by a handful of multinational corporations, the global food production business - with an emphasis on the business - has as its unwritten goals production of large quantities of food at low direct inputs (most often subsidized) resulting in enormous profits, which in turn results in greater control of the global supply of food sources within these few companies. Health and safety (of the food itself, of the animals produced themselves, of the workers on the assembly lines, and of the consumers actually eating the food) are often overlooked by the companies, and are often overlooked by government in an effort to provide cheap food regardless of these negative consequences. Many of the changes are based on advancements in science and ...
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Most truthful depiction of the food industry
I saw the documentary "Earthlings" quite a few years ago. Probably a decade ago. It made me a vegetarian for a few years (3 or 4, until I gave it up). I really don't care as much about the animals as I do my own health. That is why I think "Food, Inc" is a better film about animals and food than "Earthlings". Food Inc examines not only animals, but crops, the farming industry, legal battles, and much more. The most powerful scene is when a farmer inserts his hand into one of the stomachs of his cows, and shows us the bubbling e-coli bacteria it harbors. Just as I never eat pork because of my own disgust for the foul animal, I anticipate I will be eating much less beef, if any at all. The chickens look tasty enough though, even if they are pumped with steroids.
A tremendous effort, on a hugely important topic
This is a stunning film. Though I was peripherally aware of some of the details, the lurid examples they brought forth, of the horrific practices of truly unpatriotic and nasty companies like Monsanto, were terrifying. They are taking it upon themselves, to bring down the nation, for the sake of profit. No conscience. No morality. No ethics. Going after hard working farmers, who threaten their profits, by doing what they have been doing for generations.
The beef industry was no less guilty. If you have never considered either giving up, or cutting down on your meat consumption, this film will make you think twice. Never mind the fact that the monetary value of the carbon emissions produced by the average cheeseburger might range from 15 cents (the official government rate), to 24 cents (conservative independent sources) and $1.20 (high independent). The average of these three estimates comes out to 53 cents per burger.
From the water and grain needed to feed livestock to the emissions created by huge herds of cattle, farming animals has a massive negative impact on the environment as a whole. Desertification, soil erosion, contaminated groundwater, and greenhouse gas emissions are just a few of the effects caused by raising animals for food. A film like this really makes one examine their lifestyle. For a long time, I have been saying I would not be willing to consume an animal I would not be willing to slaughter myself. I could see myself killing a chicken, or a fish. Not a cow, or a pig. Just think about it. This movie sure made me want to reflect on all of this.
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Unappetizing Look at the Food Industry
Food Inc is a food documentary about the unsavory side of the food industry. One of the best quotes is the farmer that supplies pork for Chipotle about letting pigs be pigs and chickens be chickens. Not meant to be funny, but pretty hysterical! Something that everyone should see and a reminder that you vote about where your food comes from three times a day. Buy local, buy from farmers you know. We can all do it if we choose to.