Saturday, 10 October 2009

Food, Inc. (2008)




Food, Inc. (2008)

The current method of raw food production is largely a response to the growth of the fast food industry since the 1950s. The production of food overall has more drastically changed since that time than the several thousand years prior. Controlled primarily by a handful of multinational corporations, the global food production business - with an emphasis on the business - has as its unwritten goals production of large quantities of food at low direct inputs (most often subsidized) resulting in enormous profits, which in turn results in greater control of the global supply of food sources within these few companies. Health and safety (of the food itself, of the animals produced themselves, of the workers on the assembly lines, and of the consumers actually eating the food) are often overlooked by the companies, and are often overlooked by government in an effort to provide cheap food regardless of these negative consequences. Many of the changes are based on advancements in science and technology, but often have negative side effects. The answer that the companies have come up with is to throw more science at the problems to bandage the issues but not the root causes. The global food supply may be in crisis with lack of biodiversity, but can be changed on the demand side of the equation.

Mike

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12 comments:

DD said...

grabbing this movie now!

mark said...

I haven't eaten any fast food for nearly a year now since I read a book called Skiny Bitch. Written by a vegan, its quite an eye opening account of why we shouldn't eat meat or dairy or any animal products for that matter. I still eat meat, but I've cut down drastically.I never took it into consideration that rainforests are being cleared for our burgers. I think people just need to think a little more about what they're eating & where it comes from.

mikethepikey said...

I must try and track down Skinny Bitch, sounds interesting indeed. It's important to have a think about what the knock on effects are of your eating habits. Every action has a consequence after all.

Thanks for the comment Mark. I am going to check out your blog now.

Mike

mikethepikey said...

It's saying your profile is not available Mark. Do you know this?

mark said...

I don't have a blog Pikey... I just like to read other peoples opinions!

mark said...

This is the eegit by the way!

mark said...

Thanks for the link lad - that was inspirational stuff. Gotta spread the word on this one.

mikethepikey said...

No problem. It's a quality production alright Mark. Can you link people to my blog to get info on it? I am looking to get a few more hits.
cheers
mike

Intaki said...

I love meat. But I do try to eat less beef and more of the little critters, like chicken and pork, since they have less of an impact on the environment per square kilometer than cattle.

mikethepikey said...

Indeed, Intaki, responsible eating is the way forward. I'm nor going to go vegan just yet.

mark said...

Vegans are like fundamentalists of the culinary world. Their views are too extreme really - humans are omnivores and i don't see that changing any time soon. Still I do think everybody needs to eat less meat & more veg.

mikethepikey said...

Indeed sir. More fresh veg and less meat. Personally, I don;t know how some people eat so much red meat, The thought of it makes me want to vomit.

Yum............. loads of veg for me please.

Mike