http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=talovecof-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B0027BOL4G&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrA hundred years ago, foods (meat, grains, and vegetables) were all grown in a much safer, cleaner way. Big business has changed all that. There used to be thousands of meat processing plants in the US. Now there are only 13, all controlled by just a handful of companies. That wouldn’t be such a bad thing if they were doing their business responsibly, but they’re not. How often over the years have we heard about food poisoning cases? Why aren’t these plants shut down for continually producing bad meat? Well, the answer is that big business uses its monetary leverage, as well as by placing former high level employees in key government positions, to influence government policy. They’ve even continually worked to prevent food from being labeled properly. For example, wouldn’t you like to know if the food you’re buying for your children is genetically modified? Besides that, these big businesses and government policies are skewing our food industry in such a way that junk food is more affordable than healthy foods.
I think it’s important that people be more aware of what they’re eating and where it comes from. This movie can explain that to you in an interesting way. Seriously, it’s a documentary but it’s not boring at all. I had no idea about some of the things they do to raise the food we eat, and I know now why food in the US is so much cheaper than in other parts of the world. I also know why there are so many obese Americans with Type II diabetes. Our government is failing us in a very important way, but it’s kept out of public view. This documentary will definitely influence how I make future purchases in the grocery store, when I get back to the US of course!
To learn about abuses in the system, including gene patenting, using illegal immigrants for labor, and how to find healthy alternatives, watch Food Inc.
Here’s the trailer:
If you’re interested in getting a copy for yourself, you can follow the link to Amazon included in this post or, for more information, visit this page.