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The Evil American Food Industry
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The Evil American
Freeman, Andrew. "18 ‘Food, Inc.’ Facts Everyone Should Know." News & Lifestyle Coverage on Important Topics Like Food, Environment, Social Justice, Animal Rights, Education & Health | TakePart . 24 Oct 2012. Web. 1 Jun 2013. <http://www.takepart.com/photos/food-inc-facts>.
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- Cheap food
only FOUR companies in the US control....
84% of our nation’s beef
66% of our pork
58% of our chicken
genetics of 93% of soybean
80% of the corn grown in the U.S.
controls 40% of our milk
Americans are not aware of what they are eating and how it's processed. People need to learn where their food comes from and be exposed to the evils of monopoly food companies. We need to educate ourselves on what we are buying and eating.
-customers are purposely kept uninformed
-unhealthy food is the cheapest
-companies fight with the FDA in court to hide info. from the public
What's Really Happening...
-People unaware of what's in their food & what they're eating (most Americans...)
-People who want to eat food that is safe and healthy
-Cheap food sells.
-Hiding health information from consumers keeps them buying the unhealthy products
-Forced to do unethical things because of the debt they owe to the larger companies
-Forced to do harmful things to the animals for the company's own income
-unhealthy food is seen as the best priced
Stop buying food from large companies
Make healthy food cheaper
nutrition facts on every single food item
boycott products with hormone injected animals
Consume less meat
The last article provides an analogy that goes like this, "Have you ever played Monopoly? You know how it goes. It’s pretty fun for a while, until one player puts hotels and Boardwalk and Park Place and then amasses crazy amounts of money while the other play goes broke. Often in our house this would end with one player walking away from the game (or worse, turning the game board upside down in anger). This is no coincidence.
This shows that when a market is competitive, everyone wins. Businesses that can innovate or grow more efficient rise to the top while consumers get the best products for the best price. However, when one (or a few) corporations gain too much power over the market, those benefits go away. Think about it – if there was only one company out there selling something essential for life (for example, seeds for all of our major food crops) – they could charge whatever they wanted and we’d have to pay it. Especially if they figured out a clever way to keep new companies from emerging and gaining any share of the market."
More from the articles
- The movie/articles are very effective, because they give you the behind-the-scenes look at what's going on, and personal stories of people and companies, as well as solutions of how to stop it.
- It also shows the viewpoints of all the different people involved, allowing us to see who is really at fault, and who to blame
-Cows aren't supposed to eat corn
-digestive system made for grass consumption
causing E.coli bacteria to mutate into an acid resistant strand of E.coli.
-cows live ankle deep in their waste;
-allows for easy spread of E.coli
-manure is caked onto animal's hides
-over 400 animals killed per hour
-really possible to keep the manure out of food?
Allows new strand of E.coli into our food system
-E.coli now in spinach and apple juice
-caused by run off from factory farms
only 13 slaughterhouses produce beef for most of the US
possibly pieces of meat from hundreds of different animals.
Chickens that never see sunlight
-only 5-7 weeks
-bones can’t keep up with the weight
-can only take a couple of steps at a time
Supermarket illusion of product diversity;
Reality: only a few companies are represented on the shelves.
Benefits are outweighed by the harms
-average chicken = deeply in debt
-invests over $500,000, makes only $18,000
-shows control companies have over production
Smithfield Hog Processing Plant in Tar Heel, NC = largest slaughterhouse worldwide
About 32,000 hogs slaughtered there...DAILY!
over 73,000 people sickened by the E. coli bacteria in 2007
200 pounds of meat is consumed annually by the average American
over 50% of greenhouse gases
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"FARM Blog." FARM Blog. N.p., Jan. 2010. Web. 26 May 2013. <http://www.blog.farmusa.org/2010/01/>.
Cannone, Jesse. "6 EVIL Companies to NEVER Buy Food From Again." Lose the Back Pain Blog. The Healthy Back Institute, 2 July 2012. Web. 28 May 2013. <http://www.losethebackpain.com/blog/2012/07/02/evil-companies/>.
Folmer, Max. "Infographic: 9 Shocking Facts About the Food Industry." TakePart. Participant Media, 12 June 2012. Web. 14 June 2013. <http://www.takepart.com/article/2012/06/12/infographic-9-shocking-facts-about-food-industry>.