Food, Inc. - 2008
A Horror Movie for Your Fridge
The Opened Mind - 2015 - Perth, Western Australia
Being a non-monsanto worshipping conscious food label reader such as myself, I was intrigued from the moment the film showed a huge pile of bright red tomatoes in a generic American supermarket and said "It's not really a tomato, it's the notion of a tomato, it's the idea of a tomato." That's when I said "I like this movie already."
By the time I'd stopped writing the beginning of this article and looked up at the television the documentary had launched into a history of the McDonalds Corporation, comparing the scope of the fast food market from the 70's until now.
One tasty fact mentioned how only four major meat packing corporations own 80% of the entire beef meat packing industry, 60% of the pork meat packing industry......
Taking the time to ponder on how hard it must be to compete with these major corporations and not focussing on the story unfolding, before I knew it I had come face to face with a baby chicken processing factory. Anonymous white gloved hands took hold of endless baby chicks one by one and squashed their heads against a piece of metal to kill them. Suddenly the scene changed to adult chicken factory farms. Now thousands of chickens all piled in together on top of mountains of thier own faeces confornted me.
One of these chicken farm owners, who is contracted to Perdue - one of the biggest companies - explained what it's like to "own" her business in the meat produce industry. "It's like being a slave."
Factory dimensions, animal living conditions, animal health practices (which are completely barbaric) are all dictated to the farm owners from the major corporations that buy the farmers' produce. Once upon a time, farmers could not stay afloat, and they were forced to swap to the new way of doing things.
Food Inc. may have been released in 2008, but the issues this film addresses have not been dealt with in our society by a long shot. Between the horrific animal slaughter, the corporate control of farmers and the deportation of illegal immigrant workers, Food Inc. takes hold of our food problems and shines light on the dark origins that we don't want to know about.
*Kudos to the film makers for presenting the argument in style and kudos to Netflix for having this in their library!