Food in Essay

Submitted By Macred1
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Food Inc. was made and produced by: Robert Kenner’s, The current method of raw food production is largely a response to the growth of the fast food industry since the 1950s. The production of food overall has more drastically changed since that time than the several thousand years prior. Controlled primarily by a handful of multinational corporations, the global food production business with an emphasis on the business - has as its unwritten goals production of large quantities of food at low direct inputs most often subsidized resulting in enormous profits, which in turn results in greater control of the global supply of food sources within these few companies. Health and safety of the food itself, of the animals produced themselves, of the workers on the assembly lines, and of the consumers actually eating the food are often overlooked by the companies, and are often overlooked by government in an effort to provide cheap food regardless of these negative consequences. Many of the changes are based on advancements in science and technology, but often have negative side effects. The answer that the companies have come up with is to throw more science at the problems to bandage the issues but not the root causes. The global food supply may be in crisis with lack of biodiversity, but can be changed on the demand side of the equation. The result is an increasing homogenous food supply that is dependent on antibiotics, petroleum, unnaturally engineered and cruelly treated animals and humans and produces unsafe, E.coli and salmonella-tainted produce and meat. The tomatoes you buy in the grocery store are picked when green and then ripened with ethylene gas .The food industry doesn’t want you to know the truth about what you are eating because if you did you might not eat it. It is a world deliberately hidden from us. Most people have no idea where their food comes from. People need to write a book or something telling people where their food comes from shows how far removed we are. In the film it showed average grocery store has 47,000 products which make it look like there is a large variety of choice, but it is an illusion there are only a few major companies and a few major crops involved. So much of the processed food is just clever rearrangements of corn we are just blind to seen the sham. The film also stated 30% of our land base in the US is used to grow corn because, government policy farmers are paid to overproduce. It was amazing to me to see in the film that farmers are producing so much corn that food scientists had to come up with uses for it just like some of the additives listed above. Food scientist have also spent a lot of time reengineering our foods so they last longer on grocery store shelves and don’t get stale. A food scientist in the movie said he would guess that” 90% of the processed food products in the grocery store contain either a corn or soybean ingredient and most of the time they contain both so you may be eating less variety than you think. Plus they are now feeding corn to animals like cows who, by evolution, are designed to eat grass and in some cases farmers are even teaching fish how to eat corn because it is so cheap.” Type 2 diabetes used to only affect adults and now it is affecting children in epidemic sizes. Current agriculture is all about doing things faster, fatter, bigger, cheaper people do worry about the health of our bodies no more. There are only 13 slaughterhouses for the majority of beef in all of the USA. Ground beef from the grocery store has thousands of different cows mixed up in it so the chance of one of those cows in