The film Food Inc. takes us step by step into a darker side of the modern food industry. It takes us beyond the fancy labels that catch our eyes to the reality of how the food gets onto our plate. The film walks us through chicken farming, beef processing, corn harvesting, and more to show us the flipside of a coin we’ve been looking at the whole time. We get to see the powerhouse the food industry has become, a powerhouse big enough to bully our own government.
The tone of this documentary overlays concern and I feel nothing but worry for our own well-being and our future offspring’s well-being. I, personally, found myself tumbling down each step to the next platform of absurdities the food industry has performed to further push their profit. For instance, the pitch black and unsanitary conditions chickens—bred to the point they couldn’t walk but more than a few steps if they even had the room—were being housed in. One of the chicken farmers, Carole, talked about the chickens being pumped full of hormones, saying “their bones and their internal organs can’t keep up with the rapid growth.” Many of the birds can only take a few steps before they fall over. This is absurd and raises me to levels of concern I couldn’t believe. I couldn’t agree more when she says, “this isn’t farming, this is just mass production like an assembly line in a factory.” Barbara Kingsolver showed me farming in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life and that is not it.
In the film Schlosser says, “The idea that I would have to write a book to tell people where their food came from shows how far we’ve come.” His tone is calm, but I read between the lines. He wants to say, “. . . is ridiculous,” that he would have to write such a book. I feel his words sting to heart. The fact that we’ve grown so far away from, “the food comes from the garden,” mentality is preposterous. We don’t even know what we’re eating these days. The films argument holds true, this is the monster of our food industry, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Spread the word. Watch the film.