Documentary Analysis: Food Inc.

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Michael Pollan states, “There are no seasons in the American supermarket. Now there are tomatoes all year round, grown halfway around the world, picked when it was green, and ripened with ethylene gas. Although it looks like a tomato, it’s kind of a national tomato. I mean it’s the idea of a tomato (Food Inc.).” In the 2008 documentary Food Inc, Robert Kenner uncovers all the unnatural and frightening methods of farming that are being used today. These new ways of farming are causing major destruction to both consumers and animals, and are also changing the food market. Agricultural industries are not telling anyone the truth about how the food is made. The different methods of farming in National Food corporations are creating health risks for consumers. E.coli is a contagious infection that the food industries can prevent and yet it is still harming consumers. This infection evolves from feeding corn to cows even though they are built to consume grass. However, corn is the cheapest way to feed thousands of cows in a National food industry. The Food industries like corn because not only is corn the cheapest, but the starch from this plant causes a cow to gain weight at high rates. E.coli can be spread through fecal matter. When a cow contracts E.coli they are not beneficial for meat packaging anymore. On the other hand, the…show more content…
Chickens are given antibiotics, steroids, synthetic hormones, and many other chemicals to increase the growth and size of the chickens. Carole Morison, a Perdue farmer, shows the inside of her chicken farm and how over-crowded these animals suffering inside are. The chickens in the farm are growing at such unnatural rate that they are unable to walk. Animal cruelty was shown through footage in the documentary Food, Inc. showed frightening images of chickens being kicked, thrown, and slammed to the ground by workers in the food

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