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Food Inc.-Review & Thoughts

A few years ago, I watched a documentary called Syoer Size Me by filmaker Morgan Spurlock. I have to say that, personally, I was very intrigued by the general idea behind the film. To this day, I still go back and watch it from time to time. However, on the DVD, there is an extra feature where Morgan interviews the author of Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser.

In that interview, Schlosser talks about how the food industry as a whole, is treating cattle and poultry amongst other issues. More recently, I stumbled upon a documentary that he helped produce called Food Inc.

The documentary does have a tendancy to be very biased but the premise behind it is a reality that a lot of us know exists. The documentary goes into detail to show what exactly a killing floor looks like for pigs. It also goes into detail showing how poultry is treated…even in one scene showing how the chickens never get any exposure to natural sunlight, they’re basically enclosed in these dark chicken houses all crammed together in one tiny space (as opposed to free range).

I suppose if I was a filmaker, I would want my documentaries or films to have an impact…isn’t that really the goal after all? But, some of the things in it were hard to watch. To watch a cow get corn inserted into its stomach because they would typically not eat it so they grow faster (which in turn causes disease/bacterial issues) was appalling. I know it’s all about mass production but, how much slower would it really be for the cattle to actually grow naturally and eat what their bodies are able to support?

Super Size Me and Food Inc. have made quite an impact on me personally. For one, since seeing Super Size Me, I have barely eaten at a fast food restaurant (only if it was really necessary) since watching the film. With Food Inc., I’m going to go through great lengths now to start buying my poultry/meat from local areas as well as Farmers Markets for vegetables and fruits.

When you think about it, supermarkets are a matter of convenience but really, it’s no wonder there are so many people who are sick and unhealthy. I’m tired of it being about convenience…I want to feel safe and more importantly, want to know how the animals are treated and where the vegetable and fruits are being grown and coming from. If I can do whatever I can to keep my money from going to the big companies who don’t care about their workers or the animals/products they’re supplying (whether they be genetically altered or not) then that’s fine with me.

The official site for the movie can be found here

The site also features blogs as well as a petition to sign to include healthier menus in schools and also some helpful tips on how to get more involved in helping the way food is produced. One of them being to go to local farmers markets.

This blog was not intended for me to come across as some kind of animal rights extremist. I just found something that really intrigued me and I just can’t turn a blind eye to it anymore.

If anything else, please think about supporting the local farmers/growers in your area. They could sure use the help.