Essay on Food Inc. Documentary - Notes

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Food Inc. documentary – notes

Supermarkets and corn: • Grocery store tomatoes are picked green and then ripened with ethylene gas • Most people have no idea where their food comes from – food industry doesn’t want you to know the truth about what you are eating because if you did you might not eat it • The average grocery store has 47,000 products which makes it look like there is a large variety of choice – but it is an illusion – there are only a few major companies and a few major crops involved • Much of the processed food is just clever rearrangements of corn (eg. of the additives that are derived from corn: cellulose, saccharin, polydextrose, xanthan gum, maltodextrin, and high fructose corn syrup) • 30%
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Tyson • E. Coli evolves when corn is given to cows ( mutation – animals at factory farms stand ankle deep in their manure all day long so if one cow has E. Coli others can get it too • At a slaughterhouse their hides are caked with manure – slaughtering 400 cows per hour • E. Coli ( spinach and apple juice – run off from factory farms • Food poisoning ( food isn’t getting safer it is becoming more contaminated – big factories spread the problem far and wide • There are only 13 slaughterhouses for the majority of beef in all of the US • E. Coli may cause death in 12 days • In the 90’s some industrial meat factories were tested for E. Coli 0157:H7 and if they failed they were supposed to be shut down – but there was not enough authority to close the contaminated plants • Companies are now using a hamburger meat filler cleansed with ammonia hydroxide to help kill E. Coli

Chickens and industrial chicken farms: • Chickens are being raised in half the time and end up twice as big – thanks to growth hormones • High demand for white meat leads to scientists to redesign the chicken to have bigger breasts • Today’s industrial chicken farms produce a lot of food, on a small amount of land, for a very affordable price • A Tyson

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