Food Inc. Documentary - Notes

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Food Inc. documentary – notes

Supermarkets and corn: • Grocery store tomatoes are picked green and then ripened with ethylene gas • Most people have no idea where their food comes from – food industry doesn’t want you to know the truth about what you are eating because if you did you might not eat it • The average grocery store has 47,000 products which makes 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 • Much of the processed food is just clever rearrangements of corn (eg. of the additives that are derived from corn: cellulose, saccharin, polydextrose, xanthan gum, maltodextrin, and high fructose corn syrup) • 30%
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with no windows • Chickens, (with the help of growth hormones) grow from a baby chic to a 5.5 lb chicken in 7 weeks, the bones can’t keep up with growth – which means some can’t handle weight that they are carrying so when they try to take a few steps they fall down • Corn is cheap (and also helps make the chickens fat quickly) allows low meat prices – over 200lbs of meat per person per year would not be possible without this diet of cheap grain • Expensive with respect to the environmental and health costs

Pork and hog processing plants: • Those who work for a Smithfield hog processing plant say the company has the same mentality towards workers as they do the hogs • They slaughter 32,000 hogs per day (2,000 hogs an hour) and employees get infections from handling the guts so much • Meat packing is one of the most dangerous jobs in the US and it is done by a lot of illegal immigrants

The government’s role: • The Government is dominated by the industries it is supposed to be regulating • 70% of processed foods have Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) – the food industry fought against having to label foods as GMO and won • It is also against the law to criticize the food industry’s foods – thanks to the “Veggie Libel Laws” • In Colorado you can go to prison for criticizing their foods • The “Cheeseburger bills” make it difficult to sue them, but these companies have legions of attorneys and they may sue you

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