We went to the movies the other day. In this new town they have a little one room movie theatre that plays independent films. So we went to see Food, Inc.
The doc itself runs a little slow compared to others I’ve seen on the same subject, but then again maybe this one is actually trying to give you time to take in all the information they’re throwing at you rather than just leaving you overwhelmed and traumatized with exactly how fucked up the food system in this country actually is.
It covers all of the basics: caged chickens and how they’re producing so much muscle mass they can’t stand or walk around for long periods of time and have this tendency to plop down every few minutes, conventional cows standing ankle deep in their own feces on feed lots, Monsanto’s law suits against people for “stealing” their awesome patents and saving seeds (can you imagine?), to high fructose corn syrup, and piss poor regulation by the FDA.
It also has an interesting segment on Stoneyfield Farms, an organic yogurt company, that decided to work with Walmart when it wanted to buy their product line.
Another interesting segment was when they did a background story on an average American family where the wife was complaining about lack of time to prepare food and lack of money which is why she buys her family fast food. Then she goes onto explain that she needs to save money for her husband’s diabetes medication. Hmm…
What sucks about these kinds of movies is that usually people that already know about this stuff are going to see it, not the people that are keeping the asshole corporations going, which are the lower class for the most part. We work for them making their shit and then eat the shit that they produce.
Its a vicious cycle, someone is trying to save money by buying shit food so they can pay for their medication for the condition that was caused by eating shit food.
What would be great is if there was more community in impoverished areas, things like community gardens, CSA’s could greatly improve situations like these that have really obvious solutions.
I didn’t learn anything new, but it was a nice way to cover the entire food system and the basics as to why its fucked up. If you’re new to eating right or just figuring out that your local grocery store is actually full of carcinogenic shit, watch this documentary.
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