Food Inc Tells a Shocking Story About Our Food Production Industry!

The movie Food, Inc. brings attention to some major issues facing the U.S. food production system. Clever marketing and shiny packaging lead consumers to believe they are making healthy choices for themselves and their families, when really they may be eating chemicals and GMOs.

It also brings to light the issues of government subsidies making it cheaper to eat unhealthy processed foods rather than fresh whole foods. Food, Inc. makes one realize just how deceived consumers may be. You may think you are eating a healthy well balanced meal, when that food could in fact be just as detrimental to your health as fast food.

A chicken dinner with vegetable sides would easily be viewed as a healthy dinner option. The chicken however, was likely factory farmed. It was raised in inhumane conditions that facilitate the spread of disease. In the conditions of this type of meat production, once one animal is contaminated, many others are as well. Mass slaughterhouses provide that same problem.

It is also likely that chicken has been genetically modified from it’s natural construction to better suit consumers desires. The chicken that is most prominently available has been genetically modified to have more breast meat. These chickens grow faster than their bodies can keep up with. Often times they have trouble walking and their organs have trouble sustaining their oversized musculature. They are also given antibiotics, which their systems build up a resistance to, and as a result cannot fight disease. This leads to an unhealthy animal that is living in unhealthy conditions with hundreds of other chickens with the same problems cramped into one tiny living space. These are conditions for the perfect disease storm, being prepared for your kitchen table.

Your side of corn has likely been genetically modified too as well as showered with herbicide and pesticide. Seeds, which used to be public domain, are now being bought up my major agribusinesses and are being genetically modified to resist herbicides, and are being patented. These seeds and plants are called “Round-Up Ready.” Some of the health effects of genetic modification, herbicides, and pesticides are cancer, autism, and neurological disorders.

So while your meal may be nutritionally balanced, the production of this food can make your meal anything but nutritional for your body. It is always good to know where your food comes from and how it was produced, and to be vocal if you aren’t happy with what you’re being served. If you’re concerned and want to know more about ways to provide your family with healthier nutrition choices, this movie is a must see.