Food, Inc. (2008): How the Food Industry is Slowly Killing all of Us

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Have you ever walked into a grocery store and wondered why the chicken breasts are getting bigger and bigger these days? And why do they all look the same? And have you ever wondered what you actually put into your body when you eat at a fast food restaurant?

The documentary Food, Inc. deals with exactly these questions, and even goes beyond that.

Eric Schlosser is an acclaimed journalist and author who exposed the dark secrets of the fast food industry with his book Fast Food Nation in 2001. In 2008 a documentary was released that caused just as much outrage as his book:  And the name of it is Food, Inc.

It literally made my stomach turn, not only because it shows the cruel and horrible conditions animals live in before they get slaughtered in the worst possible way, but also because the workers involved in these (criminal) activities get equally exploited and mistreated. Being a meat packer is one of the most dangerous jobs today.

Oh, and in case you are still blaming a sloppy government for the high unemployment or low income rates, think again. The future is in OUR hands. Every time we buy a product from brands like Tyson we support exploitation of poor workers and animals, obesity, chemicals and deadly bacteria in our food, and the enlargement of the gap between rich and poor. Hard to believe, isn’t it?

It’s a vicious circle, and even though it seems like the food industry has the power over these conditions, there are plenty of things we can do against it.

I am not a total health freak. I like burgers, I occasionally eat processed food, and I have a weakness for chips. I can inhale a bag of chips in about 5 minutes or less, which is why I hardly have any in the house, because I do care about my body and health.

Fast Food is not good for us, because it is basically sugar (or its cheap little brother High Fructose Corn Syrup, which is even worse), fat and salt, and our body can only handle it to a certain extent. And after watching Food, Inc., I will definitely think twice before I pick up a box of strawberries in winter, or buy a sandwich from the Dollar Menu because it saves me time to cook.

Check out Food, Inc., if you care about your life, your children and the world we live in.

 

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