Food, Inc.

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Joshua Bush
FYW 101
MW
10/10/12
Essay II
The film Food, Inc. was very surprising to me and has shed insight into how I view the food industries in America. The film discusses how a handful of multinational corporations control the majority of the food industry and how they strive to output as much food as possible while spending as little money as they can. “Everything we’ve done in modern industrial agriculture is to grow it faster, fatter, bigger, and cheaper,” said Joel Salatin, a Polyface Farms owner. By doing this they are able to collect enormous amounts of profit while producing large quantities of food the most efficient way possible. They do a great job in providing examples and statistics to support their claims that the companies are overlooking the health and safety of everyone involved in making and consuming their food.

This film creates a strong argument about how the food industry has changed dramatically over the past few decades. The author of Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser, says “We’ve never had food companies this powerful in our history.” By telling us that in 1970, the top five food companies controlled about twenty-five percent of the market; while now, the top four food companies control about eighty percent of the market, we can see that there has been a dramatic increase in the power of the food market. During the film we are introduced to the Orozco family, who struggle to find food in their price range. They are faced to make decisions like buying costlier healthy foods or paying for the medications that the father needs for his various medical conditions. Since the father needs his medications, they are forced to buy fast food that is cheap and easy to consume. “Sometimes you look at a vegetable and say, okay well we can get two hamburgers for the same price,” said Mrs. Orozco. It can be concluded that because the fast food industries receive their product extremely cheap and in large quantities, they are able to sell...
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