Food, Inc. is a 2008 American documentary film directed by Robert Kenner. This film examines corporate farming in the United States, concluding that agribusiness produces food that is unhealthy, in a way that is environmentally harmful and abusive of both animals and employees. There were a couple key topics in this film that moved me and changed my perspective on what I am really ingesting.
This first chapter of Food, Inc., “Fast Food to All Food”, opens with a brief history of the fast food industry.
It depicts how fast food has transformed not only what and how people eat, but also farming practices and the entire global food system. This topic really grabbed me because even if we think we know what we are eating, we really don’t. Food isn’t just natural anymore; it goes through a “process” so that it “fits” the needs for average Americans. Obese and cancer rates are becoming more and more often, and the way food is made today contributes to those rates.
As is says in the film: “Even if you don’t eat at fast food, your still eating food made by that system.”
In “A Cornucopia of choices”, the chapter explores the pervasiveness of corn in the foods we eat today and illustrates how government subsidies if corn and other commodity crops have greatly altered the way that food is produced and consumed in the United States. As the film describes, corn is a cheap ingredient compared to other sources, and food producers have found many uses for it, including high-fructose corn syrup, saccharin, xanthan gum, and a whole range of other food additives.
This chapter grabbed my attention because; I realized that almost everything I eat has corn in it. Corn is also the main ingredient in feeding animals. The U.S. is the number one corn grower in the world and has more acres devoted to corn than any other crop.
The chapter “Unattended Consequences” focuses on one of the unintended consequences of our current food sy…