One of my clients told me about a movie called "Food, Inc." and suggested that I watch it. Since I had a lot of housework to do today, I decided to rent it. While baking, cleaning, and folding laundry, I managed to get all of my housework done and watched this documentary. It basically went over how the food industry perceives themselves as natural and everything coming fresh from the farm, but that's definitely not always the case. The farmers in the documentary were talking about how their farms are basically run by much bigger companies such as ConAgra, and they tell them what kind of equipment that they have to use to be able to have a contract with them. Several farmers feel like they're selling their souls. Though most of them put out over $500,000 to upgrade their farms to cooperate with the larger corporations and be able to carry their contracts, these farmers are only brining in an average of $18,000 per year. How fair is that?
The documentary was very graphic. From chickens getting their throats slashed, cows being hung from their hooves and skinned, and even pigs squealing, knowing that they're going to be killed. The movie also talked about how larger industries don't care about the conditions of the farms and plants, but only about production and how much these farmers can bring out per year. This is how E. Coli and Mad Cow Disease happened. One mother talked about how she was on vacation with her 4 year old son Kevin and her husband and how on the trip they each ate three hamburgers. Not soon after her son came down with E. Coli and his kidneys were failing. 12 days later he died. The mother is now an advocate for better conditions in these plants to prevent this to happen again. (Reference Kevin's Law.)
The average food travels 1,500 miles from its origin to where it's sold. The documentary urges consumers to buy local, organic, and from farmers that respect the earth and and workers. Definitely not a movie to watch while eating dinner, but very informative. I'm so grateful that I'm a vegetarian, but I will be pushing to buy more organic, rather than just what's cheaper.