Food, Inc. Discussion Questions

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Food, Inc.—Thinking about the Movie (Discussion Questions) I. Write a short paragraph or so about what you know about where your food comes from. I want you to think about where it comes from before it gets to the supermarket or the restaurant. If you feel you’re not really sure where it comes from, write about that. Why aren’t you sure? Wow! That’s a huge question, since there are many types of food. I believe fresh fruits and vegetables are harvested in bulk from farms, orchards, vineyards, etc., and then go through facilities that handle the cleaning, sorting, packaging (for fresh), and canning. Milk originates at dairy farms and either gets bottled there, or shipped in bulk to facilities that process it into many…show more content…
Write about your impressions of these two segments, especially when considered alongside one another. The chickens in the major operation tumble through chutes and conveyor belts while they are still alive, like they are some non-biological material. Salatin’s chickens are processed by hand and are slaughtered by bleeding them out, which I’ve heard before is the least traumatic way to die from an external physical force. 15. Gary Hisrhberg of Stoneyfield farms describes Walmart as one of the most vilified corporations in America. He goes on to say that “a sale of a million dollars to Walmart [of organic products] helps to save the world.” First, what does vilified mean and why do you think Walmart is vilified? Second, why is a huge sale of organic products to Walmart one way to help save the world? Vilify means to portray as “the bad guy” or villain. Many people think Walmart is harmful to communities by taking sales away from local small business. But a healthy, organically produced product on Walmart’s shelves can reach a lot more consumers due to their large customer base. 16. What do you understand from the movie about why Monsanto is able to sue farmers for something as basic as saving their own seeds? What is your response to this kind of corporate prosecution of farmers? Because Monsanto patented the their gene modification, they legally own all rights to any seed
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