Food Inc. Review After you see the unsanitary habitats cattle are in, the horrible way Tyson treats the chickens, and the way our farmers are cutting corners and are basically being forced to work. You seriously may not pick up a fork for days after watching! I advise you to stop eating and stuff your face BEFORE watching the stunning, HEART- WRENCHING, stomach-turning documentary by Robert Kenner called Food Inc. You will be amazed at how blind and helpless we are as a people when it comes to the food we eat every day… well every 20 minutes if you are like me. The documentary starts us off in the aisles of grocery stores, but very quickly shifts to the slaughterhouses and seeds that make a large portion of our foods. This is when the film very strongly establishes its side and position in this argument.
“Calories are calories…protein is protein,” as stated by Michael Pollen in his book, The Omnivores Dilemma, when discussing the industrial logic many factory farms associate with feeding cattle corn and rendered cow parts (Pollen, 2006, p.75). This is true at a molecular level; however, there are unwanted substances in corn fed beef. For example, there is an increased amount of saturated fat. “A growing body of research suggests that many of the health problems associated with eating beef are really problems with corn-fed beef” (Pollen p. 75). Adding in additional substances to the cows corn diet, such as remnant cow parts, has led to e-coli out breaks in humans and continued to spread mad cow disease.
Josiah Begin 9/10/14 Sanitation Food inc summary Food Inc. is an depth Documentary on how our food is produced and where it comes from. The sad truth is that that most people don’t know where their food comes from. The movie starts off in the marketplace with the, “pastoral fantasy” advertisement on the plastic wrapped meat and poultry of grass fed beef, happily grazing with a cowboy herding them on his horse. Creating the illusion of where the food comes from. The attention is drawn to the unnatural year round tomatoes that are picked green and sprayed with a color enhancement chemical to get redness.
Many fruits and vegetables have a certain time of year that they are plentiful however they are now modified to ripen before their season. The majority of the meats in the meat department are boneless. Hamburgers have E. coli and it has proven to be fatal. Soy and corn are patented and owned by the world’s largest genetically modified organism company in the world Monsanto. Farmers are persecuted and sued for accidentally infringing on Monsanto’s seed “rights”.
A great alternative to these products is organic or farm grown foods. E. coli, salmonella, and many other types of food poisonings are on the rise in the United States. Cows develop E. coli disease because of their strict diet of corn, and because they stand in each other’s manure all day. This is a direct result of the decrease in the amount of food inspections in industries and bigger processing plants. Today, there are only a few processing plants that process cow meats in the United States.
Once you start doing that the cows that are being eaten are the sickly one or the one’s who die on the farm and are sent to a rendering plant to be made into a powder mix that is in turn feed right back to the livestock. If the animal used to make the powder was a infected animal then the animal who consumes that animal will become sick also which in turn causes the meat we will be eating to become tainted. We still don’t know of the far reaching effects to eating a cow that’s infected with some sort of disease, scientist are just now starting to link Alzheimer’s disease and dementia to possible side effect to meat consumption. And what was once an honorable profession being a farmer is now nothing more than an assembly line of death and disease, if we don’t change something and fast we wont even be able to feed our growing population by the mid 2000 because over 50 percent of our farm land is being used just to feed our livestock for human consumption. The feed to meat ratio is way out of whack it takes 50pounds of feed to produce one pound of meat, at that rate we will never have enough crops to feed the worlds people and our food supply.
1. After watching the documentary I believe that animals do deserve to have a certain quality of life, because imagine if you were a cow standing in a foot of feces all day long and eating in the same place. I’m pretty sure that you would feel disgusted. Unfortunately, cows can’t talk and express themselves so they have no clue of what’s going on. I certainly do believe that cows should be treated for real food and not focused on overproducing and fixated on money.
Diet For New America : Yahel Michaeli, Section# 3155 1. What are the main health problem and the main environment problem that the movie talks about? - The main health problem in the movie are : Heart diseases , diabetes , cholesterol, and breath cancer . The environment problems are water problems: to grow cows and authors animals for meat we need to use thousands of gallons of water, in that case lots of water are wasted the earth is getting dried and we will stay without water , also if people will stop to eat meat, there won't be so much pressure to grow more and more cows . The cows will live by their self , and we'll have more water for us and the whole environment.
One of the biggest problems between all the animals that are slaughtered is E. coli. Cows’ corn-fed diet has caused E. coli to evolve, then the cows become caked with manure because of the conditions they live in so either it’s not all rinsed off, gets ground up in the meat or is in the run off from the factory farms and contaminates other vegetables being grown by farmers. One ways producers try to get rid of the E. coli is by mixing ammonia in with the meat to kill it, so not only are we eating E. coli, we are eating
How is something as simple as food becoming such a cause for concern? The demands for fast disassembling of meat come not only from the authority of the meatpacking industries, but from the substantially large businesses involved. These businesses include our nation’s most popular fast food chains, such as McDonald’s, Burger King, or Wendy’s. Logically speaking, over millions of animals are slaughtered each day for the simplicity of these restaurant’s menus; initiating the necessity for expeditious dispensation lines in the factories. “Cattle intestines often carry dangerous pathogens such as E. coli and are supposed to be kept away from the meat, but faster lines can lead to more intestinal spillage onto the meat” (Working Conditions 3).