Essay on Food Inc.

1142 Words Nov 28th, 2013 5 Pages
Food Inc.

The documentary Food inc. by Robert Kenner is a documentary about the food industry and some of the issues that have emerged with the modernization of said food industry. Robert Kenner presents his arguments in sorts of subtitle such as “The dollar menu”, and “The cornucopia” to help identify his main points. Robert Kenner also brings in some experts such as Michael Pollen and Barbara Kowalcyk, into his documentary to bring some credibility to his argument, as well as adding specific music at particular times to tug at the emotions of the viewers. In this documentary Robert Kenner not only shows what happens to those who eat the products produced by the corporate food industry but also those who help in the production.
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Robert Kenner then goes on to show us about the applications of corn in the modern food industry as well as some of the draw backs. Kenner then has Michael Pollen author of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” tell us about his personal experience with the food industry. Pollen tells us he did some investigating and found that a lot of our food was leading to a corn field in Iowa he then says, “so much of our industrial food turns out to be clever rearrangements of corn”. Corn has help make many things, things from ketchup to even tires and the reason corn is used to help make all of these things is because it is cheap to make. However because of this same reason corn is used as the sustenance for animals. Cows are have evolved to eat grass not corn, and because cows are being fed corn instead of grass it causes physiological problems. One such problem is the E-coli virus the virus can and has caused death. In the documentary Robert Kenner emphasizes one case in particular in which a two year old named Kevin dies from E-coli that he had contracted from a fast food restaurant. Kevin’s mother Barbara Kowalcyk became an advocate for food safety along with her mother Patricia Buck to help prevent anymore cases of E-coli from emerging. Mrs. Kowalcyk and her mother are trying to get Kevin’s law to pass; Robert Kenner then tells us what Kevin’s law is, “Kevin’s law would give back to the USDA the power to shut down plants that repeatedly produce contaminated meat.” However in

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