Food, Inc. is an eyeopening movie that really shows the horrors of the food industry. The film started with an introduction by Michael Pollan, the author of Food Rules as he tells about the supermarket and how many of the products we believe are healthy are actually just chemicals.
One of the biggest things I learned from the movie is that 4 companies own the vast majority of the meat market. Because they own so much of this market, they are able to treat their animals however they wish. Therefore, they usually treat them in extremely inhumane ways and they do whatever they can to produce meat for the cheapest price possible. The problem is consumers do not have other options because these monopolies own so many of the animals. Most of these chickens, never see sunlight and they are injected with hormones that make their organs grow too big for their bodies to handle. The scenes where chickens are trying to walk, but can only take a few steps at a time is devastating.
It was a difficult movie to watch because of how graphic it was. Far too often when I am eating chicken, I don’t even think about where it came from or how it was treated. Seeing the overcrowded slaughterhouses in this movie was disturbing and the images will probably stay with me for the rest of my life.
I definitely think everyone should watch this movie. While I feel like I am an educated consumer, there are definitely even more things that I should be thinking about while shopping. Unfortunately, not much is going to change until the “carrots are a better deal than the chips.” At the end of the movie, I was left with a disappointment that not much had been done. Kevin’s law, which would have been a bill to close down factories with contaminated meat, did not pass. Many people were still eating chips rather than carrots and Monsanto still owned (and contaminated) at least 90% of all soybeans. I hope in the future more people will understand that what we eat now can effect not only how we feel and act today, but in the future too.