The Truth about the Food Industry
Food Inc. is an eye opening documentary about the food industry in America. It examines the less known facts about the food industry. Our nation’s food industry is controlled by only a few companies who are in control of their consumers’ health, the livelihood of the American farmer, and the safety of its works. We have bigger chicken breast and there are no longer any seasons for fruits and vegetables in the supermarkets anymore. This new type of farming has brought good but it has also brought bad such as new strains of E. coli and obesity in America. I think that Food Inc. did a good job at examining the side of the food industry that has been hidden from the world for too long. We have a right to know where our foods are coming from and how it was produced.
The idea of factory farming was first introduced by Perdue. The idea was simple “if Perdue owned the hatchery, the feed production, and the processing plant, it could gain significant efficiencies…” (Keiger). The movie states that in the meat packing industry the top four companies own 90% of the market. For these companies to be able to produce this much meat they need to feed their animals cheap and easily accessible food. The cheapest and most abundant food in the United States is corn. Corn is not the normal diet for cows but it makes them fatter faster and it is cheap. The farmers are feeding their animals corn and all sorts of antibiotics to make them grow faster.” Scientist estimate that 50 to 80 percent of all antibiotics in the United States are not used to treat sick people or animals but are added to farm animals feed to help them grow faster”(Keiger). This over use of antibiotics is causing bacteria that are becoming untreatable by medication. These bacteria are making it off the farms and in to rest of the county. “ They can be transported off farms by the animals themselves, horseflies, farm trucks, farm workers, and the spreading of manure on...
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