A couple of years ago, comedian Bill Maher explained to his audience why there was such a high incidence of disease, including cancer, in modern society. He blamed only one thing. “It’s in the food, people!” he said, and he’s bang on.
I dealt with this myself in an early post that’s proved to be one of the most popular on here: Why Doctors Will Never Find a Cure for Cancer.
And the evidence keeps on coming.
First there was the excellent Fast Food Nation, a book that shocked me 90% of the way towards being a vegetarian. Some sections were so brutal that I found myself turning away, or hurriedly flicking through the pages to get past them. I’ve cut down my meat consumption to almost zero since then. Then there’s the movie Our Daily Bread about the disturbing, inhuman development of slick factory farming.
And now comes Food Inc. Another movie about what happens to food up to the point where you put put it in your mouth. Below is the trailer. Then, below that, is an excerpt from a blog by health expert Janice Taylor on today’s Huffington Post.
This a truly fascinating and frightening subject. Those sci-fi movies about grim, sprawling corporations taking over the world and being the enemy of the people – well, they all came true. The future’s arrived. We’re being poisoned every day, and most of us are just too lazy, bewildered, or trusting – or all three – so we don’t do anything to protect ourselves. Hopefully, Food Inc will help change that.
Here’s Janice’s blog.
Filmmaker Robert Kenner “lifts the veil” on our nation’s food industry. Our food supply is now controlled by a handful of for-big-profit corporations who seem to be far more concerned about making money than our health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of their workers or our environment.
This film contains more than horrifying scenes of overcrowded slaughterhouses, where animals are forced to graze in pools of their own manure. This movie, for me, is about our most basic rights. We are being just as manipulated by the largest corporations as the food we are being sold. Wake up!
The manipulation of foods and the feeding of livestock have manifested bigger-breasted chickens. 50 years ago it took 70 days to raise a chicken to slaughter. Today it takes 48. It’s unnatural.
The country’s top four meatpackers control 80 percent of the beef market. One single fast-food burger might have come from 400 different cows.
The gut of a cow fed on corn breeds the deadliest strains of E. coli, a harmful bacteria that makes an estimated 73,000 Americans sick annually; including the tragic death of Barbara Kowalcyk’s young son Kevin, who died from e coli earlier this decade from an outwardly harmless fast food burger.
Farmers are subsidized to overproduce corn, which then goes into Coke, Sweet & Low, diapers, Motrin and cattle feed.
Obesity is at epidemic proportions, and diabetes is on the rise among children and adults alike.
You will be shocked to learn about what you eat, how it is produced and who we, as a nation, have become.
Our freedoms are being taken away from us. Open your eyes.
10 things YOU CAN do! (source: foodincmovie.com)
1 . Stop drinking sodas and other sweetened beverages. You can lose 25 lbs in a year by replacing one 20 oz soda a day with a no calorie beverage (preferably water).
2. Eat at home instead of eating out. Children consume almost twice (1.8 times) as many calories when eating food prepared outside the home.
3. Support the passage of laws requiring chain restaurants to post calorie information on menus and menu boards. Half of the leading chain restaurants provide no nutritional information to their customers.
4. Tell schools to stop selling sodas, junk food, and sports drinks. Over the last two decades, rates of obesity have tripled in children and adolescents aged 6 to 19 years.
5. Meatless Mondays–Go without meat one day a week. An estimated 70% of all antibiotics used in the United States are given to farm animals.
6. Buy organic or sustainable food with little or no pesticides. According to the EPA, over 1 billion pounds of pesticides are used each year in the U.S.
7. Protect family farms; visit your local farmer’s market. Farmer’s markets allow farmers to keep 80 to 90 cents of each dollar spent by the consumer.
8. Make a point to know where your food comes from–READ LABELS. The average meal travels 1500 miles from the farm to your dinner plate.
9. Tell Congress that food safety is important to you. Each year, contaminated food causes millions of illnesses and thousands of deaths in the U.S.
10. Demand job protections for farm workers and food processors, ensuring fair wages and other protections. Poverty among farm workers is more than twice that of all wage and salary employees.
Spread the word … NOT the icing,
I don’t think Janice’s slogan “Spread the word, not the icing” will catch on, principally because it’s nonsense, but she’s right to advocate seeing this film.
Of course, in a toss-up between Transformers 2 and Food Inc., most people will go see the one about giant robots. And that’s why they’re getting sick and dying. Added to which, Transformers 2 will kill their brains too.
TV Swami – he say YES to Food Inc.
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