Food Inc Extra Credit
Food Inc is a documentary about the state of the food industry within the United States. It was a very in depth look at the farming industry that most people don’t get a chance to see. Most people don’t really think about where the food comes from or how it was farmed. This documentary gave a clear insight into how our food is really produced. When you think of farming, you may think of an area of land which is devoted primarily to the practice of producing and managing food, but in this documentary we learned that most of our food is actually produced in mega factories. Since there is such a high demand for processed food these days, farmers are artificially growing their crops. The film introduces us to an overcrowded chicken farm in Kentucky and clarifies the fact that chickens have doubled in size since the 1950’s. Chickens today are genetically modified to have larger breasts in order to respond to the demands of the consumer’s preference for white meat. The chickens grow at such a rate that their bones and organs can’t keep up with the rapid weight gain. The chickens aren’t able to walk around since their legs cannot carry the weight. Health and safety regulations of the food, the animals, the workers on the assembly lines, and of the consumers who will be eating the food is often overlooked by the companies in an effort to provide cheap food regardless of the negative consequences. Animals at factory farms stand ankle deep in their manure for long periods of time meaning that if one cow has E. Coli, the other animals can easily be infected with it which will then be passed on to the consumer when ingested. Overall, I believe that this documentary was a major eye opener for me to pay more attention to the type of food that I consume and to also take the proper precautions when preparing food at home. I have learnt the importance of properly reading food labels prior to purchasing food in order to be fully aware of what I am putting into my body.