Food, Inc (2008)

Category | Health, Environment

This week we are following back along the food chain … in an unflattering look inside America’s corporate-controlled food industry. This is relevant background for your Q & A session next week discussing the NZ FOOD BILL 206-2 with Steffan Browning (Green MP).

This film describes the growth of the fast food industry since the 1950s. Controlled primarily by a handful of multinational corporations, the global food production business has as its unwritten goals production of large quantities of food at low direct inputs (most often subsidised) resulting in enormous profits, which in turn results in greater control of the global supply of food sources within these few companies.
Health and safety (of the food itself, of the animals produced themselves, of the workers on the assembly lines, and of the consumers actually eating the food) are often overlooked by the companies, and are often overlooked by government in an effort to provide cheap food regardless of these negative consequences.

Nominated for best documentary in the 82nd Academy Awards, but lost to The Cove.

Ag-Industry responses

An alliance of food production companies (led by the American Meat Institute) created a website, SafeFoodInc. in response to the claims made in the film. Monsanto also established its own web-page to specifically respond to the film’s claims about that company’s products and actions.

When you start getting pings on your turrent you know you must be getting close.”  ~ Chris Wheeler

Background

More about Food Sovereignty issues … Peasants.org.nz

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