Food, Inc

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I watched Food, Inc. the other night.

Although I was already aware of many of the horrors of the meat industry and of corporate “food” production, the film touched on a number of things that are eye-opening and worth investigating further. Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma), both pioneers in removing the blinders our nation has on regarding food safety, offer their expert commentary in the film – showing us how the food safety standards in America are extremely flawed at best.

If you’re one of those people who would rather not know what you’re really eating, you should stop reading here, and don’t watch the movie.  Ignorance is bliss, right? ;)

Here are a couple highlights of the documentary:

  • Corn-fed vs. Grass-fed cows – I haven’t eaten meat in about 2 years (after reading Skinny Bitch, my life changed, seriously), but if I did still eat meat, I would absolutely be switching to all organic, free range, grass-fed meat. Why? To make a long story short, cows don’t have the stomachs to properly digest corn. Factory-farmed cows are fed corn (and growth hormones) so they grow bigger and faster than they would on a grass diet. Their bodies, in turn, develop e.coli, which is transferred to the meat, and into a majority of the meat food products consumed in America. If your meat doesn’t contain e.coli, its probably because the meat was soaked in ammonium hydroxide to get rid of the bacteria. Appetizing, right? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 76 million Americans are sickened, 325,000 are hospitalized and 5,000 die each year from food borne illnesses. CONTINUE READING

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