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    • Food Inc

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      What type of foods do you eat everyday? Beef, chicken, pork, vegetables? Where do you buy them? What process must these foods go through before reaching your dinner table? Food Inc. answers these questions and many more in this 93-minute documentary.

       

      This controversial documentary takes its viewers on a farming adventure and not the type with the nice hay ride and animals to feed. The first part of the film takes an in-depth look into the commercial production of meat, that beef, chicken, and pork talked about earlier. Also referred to by many as factory farming it refers to the act as inhumane, environmentally and economically unsustainable.

       

      The second part of the series takes us into the production of vegetables and grains (mainly soy beans and corn). Food Inc. again portrays this act as environmentally and economically unsustainable. Lastly the film takes us into the legal and economic power, for example food libel laws pertaining to major food companies and the extensive use of petroleum-based chemicals (largely fertilizers and pesticides).

       

      Food Inc. also examines large companies like Wal-Mart and shows how they are making a transition over to organic foods as that is a market that is continuing to grow. The award-winning film was largely criticized by large American corporation who participate in industrial food production. So what’s for dinner tonight?

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      Published on April 2, 2010 · Filed under: Biology, Environment, Business, Economy, Documentary Trailers, Health
    • Dan Callahan

      This is one of the most powerful films I’ve ever watched! I’m from the USA, but have lived in Thailand for the last 10 years. I’m opening a sustainable-living farm for individuals from around the world to come and take part in the operation of running. This film, gives me much more passion for doing so!!! Thank you!!!

    • Vera Petkova

      A wake-up call for our health issues coming from food. Great movie!

    • Rob

      This film is good but takes many issues and tars them with the same brush, potentially confusing the viewer. The health scares are very worrying and I don’t agree with some of the conditions the animals are kept in. However, there is nothing inherently wrong with cloned foods, in fact most fruit is cloned (and all bananas). Cloned animals are no different, genetically exactly the same as the parent, a normal animal which you would be happy eating. As long as this is regulated so that you know it is the same and there are no defects then there is nothing wrong with it. Any opposition remaining is just unfounded personal moral criticisms based on no evidence.
      GM is similar, genes are added for benefit, such as in this case pesticide-resistance, and this is closely regulated and controlled. Adding a known gene to a crop or animal does not mean that there is anything extra unknown also added to it. Although if this is done to monopolise the industry and create huge profits then that is another matter.
      People should not think that these are some kind of ‘franken-foods’, it is the use of clever technology to improve costs to both the producer and consumer, also benefitting the environment as less pesticides and space can be used to grow a crop.
      Like organic food, which is bad because it uses more toxic pesticides (natural does not mean good – think of rontenone, asbestos and lead) than conventional agriculture and takes more space to grow things (you cannot want both to save the rainforest and support organic food), the media pushes these issues so people think that certain things are good and others are bad, without giving the consumer the full evidence. These kinds of GM technology has been used for many years such as to produce insulin, and for probably thousands of years in the case of cloned plants.
      Try the ‘skeptoid’ podcast if you’d like more information.

    • Chloe

      Your argument would make sense if indeed GM food is created similarly to conventionally grown foods where the genes added to foods are at least from the same species. GM food involves splicing different species’ genetics together and using antibiotics to test if they’re working. In nature, you don’t see fish mating with tomatoes and having babies, but tomatoes with fish genetics do exist. That is why people call them “Franken Foods”. We already get enough antibiotics through our food via factory farmed meat, I don’t want to eat more of it through GM foods.

      You talk about regulation but there really isn’t any for GM foods. They don’t need to labelled on food so illness caused by these foods have no traceable record (thus GM companies don’t have to take responsibility). How do I know that there is no regulation? I own businesses in the cosmetics and food industries. My husband is a corporate lawyer. So as long as your manufacturing plant and products are clean and the work environment is safe for your employees, there really isn’t any “regulation” for using GM foods.

      As for organic food production, please point me to a peer reviewed study which proves that organic farming uses more toxic pesticides than conventional agriculture. Not everything that is natural is safe, but we don’t put asbestos or lead into our mouths just because they are found in nature. Please don’t insult the intelligence of the viewers by giving such a sub-standard analogy.

    • Rob

      You still seem to be of the unfounded opinion that natural products are better than (at least part) synthetic ones. My ‘sub-standard’ analogy was intended to be humorous, and I am surprised that somebody with the apparent intellect of you did not pick up on that. The intent was to lightly demonstrate that the argument that a product that is natural is necessarily safe is wrong, and I’m concerned that you may in fact be insulting the intelligence of the viewers by thinking that they would not understand.

      I did quote a source which has done all of the leg-work for me, so I will not place individual peer-reviewed papers on here, plus many might find them boring. Please use the source for further clarification.
      And yes if there are deaths or illnesses, foods will be regulated. The reason that there may not be any specific regulations for GM is that is in itself not dangerous, but any food will have to meet certain regulations in order to be sold. Just because a food is unnatural it does not make it dangerous. If it is dangerous then it is dangerous. Poisonous berries anyone?

      GM genes are added as a benefit to the producer, seller and consumer. The reason it may not be labelled on foods is because there is no need for unfounded resistance to it.
      Farming GM-foods is NOT ANY DIFFERENT to regular farmed foods. The difference is only in where the seeds are obtained.

      Organic farming uses many toxic pesticides (hence, pesticide) and so these are by definition toxic. Individual ones many or may not be more toxic but my point was to demonstrate that these are not safer than horrible synthetic ones, which have been regulated for many years and so are within safety limits (no more DDT thank you).
      Just follow the sources.

      http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4019 – find papers here.
      http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/the-great-organic-myths-why-organic-foods-are-an-indulgence-the-world-cant-afford-818585.html – not peer-reviewed

      And your source on why antibiotics are bad? I seriously don’t want to eat diseased meat.
      Oh and thanks for pointing out the meaning of ‘franken-foods’, it was me who first brought it up, and hence I already knew what it meant.

    • Rene

      You are absolutely wrong about GM’s not being dangerous. 100% Wouldn’t be surprised if you are saying this because it benefits you in some way.
      Leave the research and facts to the viewer to find for themselves and they will see how wrong you are.

    • Rob

      Hi, I am very open minded about this but will need some evidence that they are bad. If something is causing problems then it needs to be carefully researched and approached to evaluate it. Either way, we can only make informed decisions when we base our criticisms on evidence. There are possible causes for concern, but my point is that unfounded criticisms (such as just “it’s not natural”) will turn people away from GM when in reality it has the potential to help many people. Even if some potential big companies may screw up some GM research, this only reflects the individuals involved and doesn’t detract from the potential benefit that GM offers if used correctly and researched properly.
      Do some research about past uses of GM technology, GM has benefitted people so much, such as production of human insulin by bacteria. This means that people can have cheap insulin that is for humans, and so diabetics don’t have to suffer any potential allergic immune system response reactions from having a pig’s insulin (and the pig doesn’t have to die!). It could also greatly benefit poorer farmers by having drought and disease-resistant crops.
      I am in no way benefitting from this, I am just interested in this and concerned about the public understanding of science, although I know that is a common trick that big companies use, like when people say that organic food helps local farmers when actually it is mass produced by the same big companies that we all despise.
      I am very interested in this and so would welcome any reliable sources on the dangers of GM.

    • Sophie

      Thats great! good luck with your project-the world needs more of that sort of thing!

      X

    • Glock

      @ Rob….you sound like a spokesman for Monsanto. What do they pay you to do your write ups on blogs/comments etc???!!! I smell a troll.

    • Glock

      The advice is to buy food from companies that respect animals, people and the planet. But most of the organic food companies have been bought out by these corrupt corporations. What brands are still ethical??? I mean even starbucks has MSG in their coffee… and the FDA allows MSG to be hidden under “natural flavors”. The health food stores have an abundance of products labeled with “natural flavors”, how do we know if they are laced with MSG or dead bugs to produce the color red like Ocean Spray does??? Stonyfield farm organic milk is now importing powdered milk from China and selling that as “organic milk”. Seriously it is getting too hard to keep up with all of these facts….

    • Rob

      Thanks, I find that quite offensive! I definitely do not respect large corporations if they harm people or the environment, and personally I don’t respect some of the things that these large corporations supposedly do. I’m merely highlighting the fact that in certain circumstances it would be corporations that are to blame, not the actual science itself. I definitely agree with you about buying from any company with respect for animals and the planet. However I would just like to make sure that this is backed up by evidence, I want to base decisions on things actually being ok for the environment and not just rely on opinion with somebody merely saying it is good or bad.

    • Shooter

      Rob your an idiot. and dont lie someone is paying you.

    • Documentary-Log.com

      it is ironic how these two sentences are riddled with spelling and punctuation mistakes. Plus, who is paying him? For what? If you’re going to rant, please be intelligent about it.

    • Shooter

      Well apparently my emphasis wasn’t grammar, smart ass. He is an idiot to the fact of this film’s underlying message. It’s more than just the ridiculing of food corporations; this film scrutinizes us as Americans. Are we so caught up in believing every single thing passed down from our government that we’re blind to our surroundings? (And I say government because, in the end, they are the only one who can truly prevent things like this from happening; prime example president Roosevelt’s beef trust). This documentary truly depicts deceitful networking that is allowed within our so called “authority” and we as Americans accept this as in nobody’s perfect. And if Rob or anybody else is so naive to the fact that they need factual data to see wrongdoing, then he truly is an idiot and so are you.

    • Rob

      If only getting a job were that easy! It is easier to criticise and slander a person rather than the argument in question. Ad hominems abound. Just because somebody finds it interesting to talk to others and share opinions, it does not mean that they must have an alterior motive.
      And that wasn’t my position, to aim that argument at me is to create a straw man. I was only talking about the ideals, the science and lack of public trust in the technology. And of course if you had read what I had last said you would have known this.

    • Christ

      even if it sound very good for you…that don’t work on me, they can grow food normally not using chemicals or cloning…maybe thats the cause of so many cancer and other disease..you cant play with the genes, cause you are harming that perfect DNA…that help us with our body system….I am sorry but cloning should be illegal , nothing can be better like the original.

      Oh what happen if someone clone you will you agreed on that? if they stole your identity and completely damage your record. That happen to the Dna of the food.

    • GOD

      It might be good to remember GM foods are only one part of the issue. Now let’s assume that Monsanto’s GM soy crops are totally safe. If the only reason these GM crops are being planted is to enable the indiscriminate use of Roundup; then this is probably not positive. Nor is it good to have one company dominating any crop or section of the economy. Monopolies are always negative in the long run.

      The documentary is about more than GM foods, it’s about the food system as a whole. This is the bigger picture that is, in many ways, much more important then the debate over GM foods.

      So please people, don’t descend into petty arguments about GM. Look at the bigger picture…

    • SmallSoo

      I live in the UK and this film has blown me away. We are fighting, tooth and nail, to stop GM crops here too. These huge food conglomerates are truly psychopathic and have to be stopped, globally. My heart goes out to the US citizens fighting this ‘beast’ that is holding them hostage and wish them all the best in the struggle.

    • Common Man

      GOD:

      You are right! The problem is more than food. It’s that high paid corporate lawyers are also destorying our way of life. This is about FREEDOM! This is about how BIG Government, is lobbied by interests other than protecting our RIGHTS and FREEDOMS as human beings. Please AMERICA see this film for what it is and take back power by growing a garden and instilling yourself and your family with pride and integrity. FOOD is just the beginning!

      Want more info? please start the revolution by changing yourself first. I starting learning how to change by listening to the SURVIVAL PODCAST.

    • maxgolding

      there are heaps and heaps of studies showing that genetically modified organisms are dangerous to our health when consumed, and dangerous to the environment in several ways, including decreasing biodiversity. the case of GM maize in mexico is a classic case and the cases are growing every few weeks.

    • Cam

      If you haven’t done the research yourself, whom are u to trust?

    • Cam

      if i were to base my knowledge simply on something from the media i would also believe in vampires, ghosts, etc.

    • Jamison

      All of you make good points. I’d have to agree with Rob’s assertion that, just because something seems weird or counterintuitive (like splicing fish genes with tomatoes) doesn’t NECESSARILY mean it is wrong or dangerous. However Rob, you are completely in incorrect in saying that it is not any different than, naturally grown foods. The simple fact is, that we have been unwitting guinea pigs for corporations and, our government has allowed this to happen. More research and caution needs to be taken as we progress. The long-term effects of eating GM foods has not been ascertained. The government simply approved this process in the name of larger corporate profits. No matter what your bias is in the realm of politics, the overwhelming fact is that we are all, completely fucked if we don’t drastically reduce the size and focus of government and force corporations to play by our rules. Does it make sense to have the same people we are supposed to be regulating working as regulators? There are plenty of qualified people who could be regulators… this type corruption is inherent in big government. Lastly, GM foods may turn out to be good… we could feed the world! But it will never be so, when in the hands of the likes Monsanto.

    • Leigh

      Biodiversity is a major concern in sustaining the ecology of our earth. Let us not forget the potato faminine. With only a few varieties of potato, they all fell to disease. One million people died.
      The world was formed by survival of the fittest, but more recently by survival of the one that reaps the most dollar bills. And while here in america, we might overcome a collapse in one or more food crops, lesser eonomies would not be able to feed populations as richer nations buy up the alternatives/surplus. There again, it will come down to who has more dollar bills. We should be nervous as China and India rise in the economic race, for their populations will vastly outnumber the U.S. When we cast our vote at the supermarket, let’s not be stingy and without thought of our neighbors who we may someday call our brother, our equal.
      We are equal today.