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Food Inc.

This is a highly recommended film for anyone who hasn’t come across it up until now.

As of July 2016 it’s available on Netflix, if not you can get hold of a copy for very little money.

If you haven’t read The Omnivore’s Dilemma then I would definitely read that first, as it covers the same topics and helps you appreciate the film even more.

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“In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on America’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. The nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. There’s bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but there’s also new strains of E. coli the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. America is riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.”

My notes:

  • http://www.takepart.com/foodinc
  • The modern US supermarket has on average 47,000 products.
  • McDonald’s brought the factory production line to the restaurant kitchen
  • The four biggest beef producers control 80% of the market. Even if you don’t want fast food quality meat, you might still be buying it in the shops.
  • Most of the chickens never see the light of day.
  • The chickens are fed so heavily that their legs can’t keep up with the growth so cannot walk.

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  • Antibiotics put into the feed are passed through to the consumer
  • Illusion of diversity in a supermarket. So much food is simply re-arrangements of corn by a handful of companies.
  • Government subsidises corn so farmers can sell it below the cost of production, and encourage farmers to produce as much as possible.

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  • When you see these (below) on a food label, all can be derived from corn

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  • Your hamburger meat is a blend of hundreds of different cows, making it harder to avoid diseases like e.coli
  • We are hard-wired to enjoy the taste of SALT, FAT and SUGAR
  • 1 in 3 Americans born after 2000 will contract early onset diabetes
  • 1.5 million Mexican corn farmers were put out of business by cheap subsidised US corn, and then recruited by the meat industry