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On Wednesday, a blogger left the following under ‘Comments’ for the essay on “Monsanto’s vise grip on Nigeria’s environmental “regulatory” agencies continues”:
Hi Tola! Have you seen the movie “Food, Inc.”? It’s a good watch. Cheers!
Since I had heard of the movie but had never watched it, I decided to search the web for it because it deals with the subject of highly-mechanized and Industrialized food production, particularly in the USA.
The following are excerpts from a review of the movie:
Initially, one might think what a wonderful thing the industrialization of food has been. We’re now able to “produce a lot of food on a small amount of land at a very affordable price.” Why wouldn’t that be a good thing?
Back in the 1950’s, it took 70 days to raise a chicken. Today, chickens are raised in 48 days and they are twice as big. Additionally, since more people like to eat white meat, the chickens have been redesigned to have larger breasts. Progress.
In addition to taking a look at meat and poultry, the film also points out that 30% of our land is being planted in corn. Corn is used to feed chickens, hogs and cattle and now even to fish. If you look at the products on the supermarket shelf, you will probably find corn or soybeans (or both) in 90% of them.
Cows are not designed by evolution to eat corn; they’re designed to eat grass. But because corn is cheap (since the government subsidizes it) and it makes them fat quickly, we feed them corn.
If you take feed lot cattle off of their corn diet, give them grass for 5 days, they’ll shed 80% of the E. coli in their gut.
Revolving Door Between Big Business & The Regulating Agencies
This part of the movie shouldn’t have surprised me at all, but it did. The extent to which businesses and the agencies that regulate them are in bed together is mind-boggling. Why isn’t more being done about this conflict of interest? Where’s the media when these things are going on?
Go to the link below for rest of review:
And you can see clips of the Oscar Award winning movie on YouTube as well as a 1 1/2-hour screen at: https://vimeo.com/31813990
There are also other online sites for the full movie, including where it can be watched free.
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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 02, 2016, 5:12 p.m. [GMT]