Fast Food Nation, By Michael Pollan

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They say if you don’t like heights but enjoy the thrill, don’t look down. This is the same mentality that director Robert Kenner tries to prevent in his film Food Inc., where he sheds light on the corporations that control the way our food is being grown, processed and sold to the American people. With the help of Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, and Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore 's Dilemma, Robert takes a shot at all corners of the food industry from meat packaging, to corn reprocessing, even Monsanto’s seed copyrights. While Kenner’s goals for change certainly lead to a better America, they tend to lean on the side of unrealistic. Modern America is a place where we the people don’t have to see how our food is being…show more content…
better feed, lack of growth hormone leading to overall healthier livestock. This isn’t the biggest issue for Salatin’s methods. The process in which Salatin’s goes about raising his livestock is arguably both more humane and lead to a higher quality for the consumer, quality doesn’t feed an entire nation alone. Kenner is quick to show that Saladin’s methods both work and are favored by his customers but fails to point out how Saladin’s methods are formed around a small customer base. If every farm were to convert to his practices America would struggle to feed a nation of hundreds of millions of people. Not all of Kenner’s arguments hold equal ground. The film gets in a little over its head when it tries to tackle the issue of individuals being sued by Monsanto. While Kenner isn’t entirely off path by pointing out this poor practice and how it hurts small farmers trying to make a living, providing us with the necessary resources for survival. This issue is not exclusive to the food industry. America is a capitalist society, more money has virtually always been synonymous with more power in the courtroom through the use of better lawyers. It wouldn’t take any amount of effort to find news on how a large corporation was able to beat a family run business by dragging out the system until the competition couldn’t afford to continue the case. This ends up being a bigger piece than Kenner can chew and distracts from the health issues
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