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#1 Apr 21 2011 at 7:34 AM Rating: Good
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I watched this movie last night. I didnt really learn anything surprising. I knew cows were force-fed corn in mass production and that this provided the birthplace and conditions for e. coli as we know it. I knew that that our diets and our health were basically controlled by the multi-national food corps. Of course who doesn't know that childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes is running rampant amongst the masses. I knew that the less your income the more dependent you're likely to be on the cheap, nutritionless food system we've allowed to be created for our country.

But still it further drove home the reality of the exploitation by the multi-nationals of the well-meant but short-sighted corn subsidies. It reinforced my disgust over how much control these same corporations have on, not only our food system but, our justice system our labor and, sadly, our law-makers.

Coincidentally I'd just read this article by a fell named Corey Robin in The Nation. While reading it I was attempting to be in agreement with the author and trying to think of 'easy-to-visualize' ways examples of how corporations exert control over the population and was having a hard time of it.

Well after watching Food Inc. I got lots of good examples of how our so-called freedoms and personal liberties are being hacked away...and not by our laws, regulations and government (at least intentionally) but by big business.

I can't, however, paint the big picture in my mind that leads to way out of this mess. How do we reign in the power of the corporation while not alienating our free economy?

If you've not seen Food Inc. you can stream it free from a variety of sites. Understand, that like any propaganda it's highly biased, however, it's easy to pick out fact from opinion.

What's for lunch?



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#2 Apr 21 2011 at 7:35 AM Rating: Good
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I'm thinking Arby's.
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#3 Apr 21 2011 at 7:43 AM Rating: Good
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I think we should go all Caldari from EVE Online, and just have the corporations BE our government. Ultra-corporatocracy.


I mean, they pretty much are already. Might as well make it official.

#4 Apr 21 2011 at 8:08 AM Rating: Good
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On this subject, Eating Animals is a good book. It seems that the corn industry is way more powerful than I thought, even more powerful than oil and sugar.
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#5 Apr 21 2011 at 8:13 AM Rating: Decent
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The thing about it all is you don't have to allow your life to be run by all this. You can still find rural land and grow most of your own food and husbandry your own animals as long as you don't have like 10+ kids running around.

It comes down to convenience. If you want to change the world, make the alternative you seek more convenient or it wont gain traction. People are GD lazy.
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#6 Apr 21 2011 at 8:22 AM Rating: Excellent
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SwiftAusterity wrote:
The thing about it all is you don't have to allow your life to be run by all this. You can still find rural land and grow most of your own food and husbandry your own animals as long as you don't have like 10+ kids running around.

It comes down to convenience. If you want to change the world, make the alternative you seek more convenient or it wont gain traction. People are GD lazy.


Yes, it's lazy to need a job in order to pay your bills and get health insurance. ****, I feel lazy for showing up to work at 8:30 every week day and leaving at 5:30.
#7 Apr 21 2011 at 8:31 AM Rating: Good
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Belkira wrote:
SwiftAusterity wrote:
The thing about it all is you don't have to allow your life to be run by all this. You can still find rural land and grow most of your own food and husbandry your own animals as long as you don't have like 10+ kids running around.

It comes down to convenience. If you want to change the world, make the alternative you seek more convenient or it wont gain traction. People are GD lazy.


Yes, it's lazy to need a job in order to pay your bills and get health insurance. ****, I feel lazy for showing up to work at 8:30 every week day and leaving at 5:30.


I'm even lazier, I go in at 8:00 and leave at 5:00.
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#8 Apr 21 2011 at 8:32 AM Rating: Good
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SwiftAusterity wrote:
The thing about it all is you don't have to allow your life to be run by all this.
No of course not. I've been weaning myself off grocery stores for years. But, a few hippies growing their own food is not a sufficient solution.

We need mass produced food to feed the masses. We just need healthier food, made under better working conditions and not have the whole system controlled by a handful of international companies.

The movie interviewed the guy that started up Stoneyfield Farms - the yogurt company. He seemed to understand the science, the economy and the reality.
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#9 Apr 21 2011 at 8:39 AM Rating: Decent
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Belkira wrote:
Yes, it's lazy to need a job in order to pay your bills and get health insurance. ****, I feel lazy for showing up to work at 8:30 every week day and leaving at 5:30.


I'm wondering how humanity survived before health insurance, tract housing and electricity. Oh wait they grew their own food or ate locally grown food. Hmm.

Are you going to the grocery store or producing your own food to eat? If you're buying food from a corporation which gets its supplies from other corporations then you're doing so out of convenience. You have no mindset to "change the world" which is what the thread is about, then, because it would be less convenient.

This was the point of my prior post.
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#10 Apr 21 2011 at 8:47 AM Rating: Excellent
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SwiftAusterity wrote:
Belkira wrote:
Yes, it's lazy to need a job in order to pay your bills and get health insurance. ****, I feel lazy for showing up to work at 8:30 every week day and leaving at 5:30.


I'm wondering how humanity survived before health insurance, tract housing and electricity. Oh wait they grew their own food or ate locally grown food. Hmm.

Are you going to the grocery store or producing your own food to eat? If you're buying food from a corporation which gets its supplies from other corporations then you're doing so out of convenience. You have no mindset to "change the world" which is what the thread is about, then, because it would be less convenient.

This was the point of my prior post.


I guess all those folks living in apartments in downtown NY can just start a garden in Central Park. Problem solved!
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SwiftAusterity wrote:
I'm wondering how humanity survived before health insurance, tract housing and electricity. Oh wait they grew their own food or ate locally grown food. Hmm.
And were dead before 40.
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I'm wondering how humanity survived before health insurance, tract housing and electricity. Oh wait they grew their own food or ate locally grown food. Hmm.


And it was when they learned to mass-produce food, thereby allowing specialized trades, that they advanced, learned, developed, and improved their quality of life.


Your complaint is flawed.
#13 Apr 21 2011 at 8:55 AM Rating: Good
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SwiftAusterity wrote:
Belkira wrote:
Yes, it's lazy to need a job in order to pay your bills and get health insurance. ****, I feel lazy for showing up to work at 8:30 every week day and leaving at 5:30.


I'm wondering how humanity survived before health insurance, tract housing and electricity. Oh wait they grew their own food or ate locally grown food. Hmm.

Are you going to the grocery store or producing your own food to eat? If you're buying food from a corporation which gets its supplies from other corporations then you're doing so out of convenience. You have no mindset to "change the world" which is what the thread is about, then, because it would be less convenient.

This was the point of my prior post.
You do realize there are like over 300 million people in this country?
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SwiftAusterity wrote:
I'm wondering how humanity survived before health insurance, tract housing and electricity.


They died an early and painful death.

Fun!!
#15 Apr 21 2011 at 9:00 AM Rating: Good
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Heh, that was like a torrent of indignant responses.


Go team.
#16 Apr 21 2011 at 9:04 AM Rating: Good
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Eske Esquire wrote:
Heh, that was like a torrent of indignant responses.


Go team.
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Belkira wrote:
Yes, it's lazy to need a job in order to pay your bills and get health insurance. ****, I feel lazy for showing up to work at 8:30 every week day and leaving at 5:30.


I'm wondering how humanity survived before health insurance, tract housing and electricity. Oh wait they grew their own food or ate locally grown food. Hmm.

Are you going to the grocery store or producing your own food to eat? If you're buying food from a corporation which gets its supplies from other corporations then you're doing so out of convenience. You have no mindset to "change the world" which is what the thread is about, then, because it would be less convenient.

This was the point of my prior post.
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SwiftAusterity wrote:
I'm wondering how humanity survived before health insurance, tract housing and electricity. Oh wait they grew their own food or ate locally grown food. Hmm.

Cold, riddled with parasites and giving birth at age 14 so another five year old could help feed the goats, provided the baby wasn't stillborn.
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#19 Apr 21 2011 at 9:10 AM Rating: Excellent
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You attempted to ford the river.


Wait, what are we doing?

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You attempted to ford the river.


You have died of dysentery.

I ALWAYS chose the banker, and usually made it in record time. A couple wagons with a ton of oxen made you go pretty darn quick!
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Screenshot

Now with pictures.


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#23 Apr 21 2011 at 9:38 AM Rating: Excellent
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The entire premise of the original argument is flawed and the material used to support it is agenda-based propaganda.

People are free to spend their money on raw ingredients, and could then make all of the healthy food they cared to. We have the "problems" asserted because people are too lazy to do what's necessary to ensure their health. Instead they opt for fast, pre-packaged, processed foods that have little redeeming value.

This is yet another issue that splits itself on the point of personal responsibility. It is about a growing culture that would rather see the government regulate an industry to force them to make better choices than to step up and make the right choice on their own. Not surprising in the least is that you've consumed the propaganda lock, stock, and barrel, and come here once more to foist on us the liberal clap-trap that makes up the input for any "critical thinking" you choose to engage in.

Get out of my pocket, get out of my kitchen. Libertarian.
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#24 Apr 21 2011 at 10:02 AM Rating: Good
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The entire premise of the original argument is flawed and the material used to support it is agenda-based propaganda.

People are free to spend their money on raw ingredients, and could then make all of the healthy food they cared to. We have the "problems" asserted because people are too lazy to do what's necessary to ensure their health. Instead they opt for fast, pre-packaged, processed foods that have little redeeming value.

This is yet another issue that splits itself on the point of personal responsibility. It is about a growing culture that would rather see the government regulate an industry to force them to make better choices than to step up and make the right choice on their own. Not surprising in the least is that you've consumed the propaganda lock, stock, and barrel, and come here once more to foist on us the liberal clap-trap that makes up the input for any "critical thinking" you choose to engage in.

Get out of my pocket, get out of my kitchen. Libertarian.
It's not that simple Moe and you know it. Besides the lack of labeling, most food is not presented on the aisle as it actually is. Yes, we can all better research what we're buying, but it's investigative work that most are not trained and/or equipped to succeed at.

Had you actually read what my op said, you'd see that it clearly stated that the movie was propaganda. However, the questions I raise are not negated by that fact, and it simply doesn't disqualify the reality of the state that our food production is in.

Are you willing to take all responsibility for diseased low-nutrition unhealthy food on our stores shelves, dangerous and illegal working conditions in the factories, the pressure on the farmers to comply or lose their livlihood, totally OFF the shoulders of the corporation and place it fully on the backs of the 'irresponsible' uneducated, low-payed lazy mass of average joes? Are you that far gone?

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#25 Apr 21 2011 at 10:21 AM Rating: Good
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Elinda wrote:
It's not that simple Moe and you know it. Besides the lack of labeling, most food is not presented on the aisle as it actually is. Yes, we can all better research what we're buying, but it's investigative work that most are not trained and/or equipped to succeed at.

It is that simple. When I give a crap, I buy raw ingredients and COOK. Flour, hormone riddled eggs & chicken, E coli contaminated vegetables; when I take them home, wash them, mix them together in the prescribed ratios and voila! I have a healthy meal and a happy family.
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Had you actually read what my op said, you'd see that it clearly stated that the movie was propaganda. However, the questions I raise are not negated by that fact, and it simply doesn't disqualify the reality of the state that our food production is in.

That's varus dumb. "All of my background info is crap, but it doesn't minimize my argument"? Really? That's what you're going with?
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Are you willing to take all responsibility for diseased low-nutrition unhealthy food on our stores shelves, dangerous and illegal working conditions in the factories, the pressure on the farmers to comply or lose their livlihood, totally OFF the shoulders of the corporation and place it fully on the backs of the 'irresponsible' uneducated, low-payed lazy mass of average joes? Are you that far gone?

Caveat emptor. Yes, it is traditionally a property law principle, but applied to the rest of life it falls in to the "common sense" category. In a more pointed answer to your question, yes. F'uck 'em if they can't be bothered to inform themselves.
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The bits about factory farming, etc don't bother me much. Welcome to the Green Revolution. There are problems with urban access to healthy food (and a variety of groceries in general) which isn't helped by Democratic mayoral opposition to Walmarts in some major cities. Union or not, fair wages or not, at least they have groceries and I haven't seen any brilliant plans to seed those areas with Safeways or other grocery chains.

The corn lobby however has entirely too much power owing to its swath across the Heartland and the quadrennial handjobs for Iowa. It's a problem with both parties.
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