I’ve been meaning to watch Food Inc for quite awhile now, and finally did so Friday evening.
I was hesitant to start my weekend with a documentary about factory farming (since I’ve watched some pretty graphic videos on animal cruelty), but the film was actually very educational. More and more, I’ve become interested in the topic because the food industry impacts SO many of our lives.
Food Inc touches on many important aspects of factory farming, however, I’m not here to write a short novel about the film – I hope in turn, that a little information will get you interested to learn more and take action.
One topic I want to touch on is the trend of organic foods. I briefly remember when media gossiped about Madonna’s choice for an organic diet years ago – making it seem like a fad. However, an organic diet is far from a fad, it’s an ethical choice.
We all have heard about Ecoli outbreaks, right?
The food industry is hesitant to put labels on non-organic meat for the potential health hazards that may implement fear in consumers. But yet, our country gets in a frantic frenzy like blind mice toppling over each other when something like an Ecoli case comes up. Most consumers are not aware of hazardous practices in the food industry, and have the right to their fear when an outbreak is delivered from the news.
However, the root of the outbreak is from foul practices of factory farming.
For one instance, cows should naturally eat grass, but factory farmers are feeding them corn to fatten them up twice as fast and maintain low costs to feed a large quantity. Well, cows are crammed into areas with knee-high maneuer of multiple cows, which manages to get in their digestive tracks (so, if one cow has Ecoli – so does the rest of the crew). If cows were eating grass like they should, they would shed 80% of Ecoli naturally.
One of the largest beef providers kills ecoli by processing it with ammonia. See why they don’t want things like this labeled? The cows have a bad diet, diseases are treated with unnatural chemicals, and we are left to believe we are getting a healthy meal of high protein and low-carb. I recommend looking for grass-fed/organic next time you want a good steak.
This entry doesn’t even cover things like innocent farmers getting sued by corporations, immigrants being arrested even if they are knowingly hired by the corporation, farmers losing contracts if they don’t switch to more efficient (less humane) crates for the animals, or industry leaders who are now positioned in governmental roles with biased decisions, etc, etc, etc
The Important Question: What can be done?
Something can be done! Although many organizations promote to go vegeterian, that’s a dramatic lifestyle change some meat-eaters are not willing to give up. The good news is multiple things can be done while staying a carnivore.
- Buy organic foods
– Click here to learn how to read organic labels
– Click here for a shopper’s guide to pesticides
- Buy fruits and vegetables in season (will also save you money!)
– Click here for a list of vegetables and fruit in season for April/May
PS. I am acting too, by no longer eating fast food and bought as many organic groceries over the weekend!
– Amy Chait