Imagine, you go to a fast food restaurant with your family on the way home from a family vacation that is coming to an end. You had a great time during this vacation creating a lot of memories you will never want to forget except for this one. Your child becomes deathly ill after eating a hamburger from this fast food restaurant. He begs for a drink of water for days but all he can have is an occasional swab of water from a sponge. He cannot have much liquid because his kidneys begin to fail along with other organs in his body.
He fights for his life for twelve days before it is gone. It takes sixteen days after his death for the meat that he ingested is recalled affecting other Americans in the world. Just think that meat was being eaten by millions of Americans because from the day he ingested it until the day it was finally recalled was twenty eight days. The film says the main reason for E. coli outbreaks are because animals are now corn fed instead of feeding them from off of the land like in the past years.
They feed them this way because they say it is cheaper and required less farm land. Another reason is the animals stand in their manure all day long, the corn they are fed ends up with manure on it so the animals are consuming manure and also because they come into the slaughterhouses covered in manure which then contaminates the meat that gets exposed once the skin is removed. The way they get rid of E. coli within meat filler products is by using ammonia. This they say kills the E. coli.
I can’t imagine what it kills within our bodies when we consume it. The film starts off in the setting of a supermarket with facts about how Americans have changed the way they eat more over the last 50 years then in the previous 10,000. The film also points out the fact that the food is advertised with a picture of a farm setting with a farmer, white picket fences and nice green grass. There are no seasons in the produce department. An example of that are the tomatoes being available all year round.
They are chemically ripened with ethylene gas. They also point out the fact that there no bones in the meat department. Later in this essay you will hear the shocking reason why this may be true. After reading this analysis of Food Inc. you may either be anxious to watch this documentary first hand or have a change of thought about what you put on your dinner plate. The McDonald’s brothers were used in this example of what happened to the fast food industry after the 1930’s when Drive Ins started.
Shortly after once realizing how big of a hit fast food was the McDonald brothers fired their entire crew of car hops, got rid of their kitchen staff and hired new employee’s who they could pay less because they were trained to do the same routine of preparing the food and it would be easy to replace them. This right here is what I believe was the start of industrializing the way food is prepared from start being the birth of the beef, poultry or fish until the end which is essentially purchased by consumers and/or served to us on our plates by a restaurant.
I believe there are more Americans who either go out to dinner or go through a drive through for one because it is convenient or for two in some cases it is cheaper for a family to order off of a “value menu” than to afford to pay for produce or a package of meat in the grocery store. The film goes on to talk about in the 1970’s there were five beef packers that controlled twenty five percent of the market. Today’s market is controlled by 4 major beef packers at a rate of 80 percent. The film crew visited with a Tyson Grower, Vince Edwards who owns over 300, 000 chickens which are contracted through Tyson.
Edwards stated that his chickens never see the light of the day. He was going to allow filmmakers into the dark tunnel ventilated houses but after Tyson representatives advised Vince not to allow that he changed his mind. There was one grower who did allow the filmmakers into her traditional chicken houses with open windows. Carole Morison, a Perdue Grower doesn’t think it is right what goes on with how the chickens are raised and this is why she was willing to speak with the filmmakers because she felt people should know what really goes on.
Some alarming facts she shares are the bones and internal organs of the chickens cannot keep up with their rapid growth. The film shows chickens struggling to stand, one struggling to breathe and several chicken dead. Morison states the chickens have antibiotics in their feed which causes them to become immune to diseases. You can only imagine this causing the chickens to become ill, antibiotics will not cure them because they are immune so in turn end up at the slaughterhouse diseased which affects us as the consumers of this chicken.
The filmmakers of Food, Inc. do an excellent job in my opinion using logos, ethos and pathos throughout this documentary to persuade you to believe what they believe. They state facts, numbers, show how processes are done, show product characteristics (more so characteristics of the meat processing plants) and also show scientific research as you can see reading through this essay. The film shows a success story of a farmer who still practices traditional farming. He feeds his animals off of the land instead of using corn to fatten them up quicker.
He slaughters them himself and also sells his meat, eggs and produce instead of selling them to a store like Wal-Mart. Throughout the film there are various stories such as the one from Barbara Morison about the death of her child, ones from the workers of these meat processing plants and their personal experiences working in these plants and also stories from grower of these plants and also from organic growers. There were a lot of interesting, insightful and shocking facts/stories within this film. It amazes me how Tyson, Perdue and Smith Fields Processing Plants all declined to be interviewed for this film.
This really makes me feel uncertain about the quality that is put into the way our meats are handled before they come to stores and restaurants for consumers to purchase. Food, Inc. has definitely made me open my eyes to what I will consume in the future or let my family consume. I am not going to run out and go crazy in the organic section at the grocery store, but I am going to take a better look at labels, how things are packaged and pay more attention to what produce is in season and not in season. This film has definitely persuaded me to change the way I look at food and how it is grown and processed.