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?
Edited, Apr 21st 2011 7:03pm by Elinda