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Food, Inc. by Loretto on 23 July 2010 5:05am
I just sat up watching this documentary on my own. Unbelievable stuff happening in the US with regard to food production and the laws protecting everyone but the consumers and the workers. Has anyone else watched it and what do you think of it?
Re: Food, Inc. by mrsteabag on 30 July 2010 4:51pm
I wanted to, but the clips I saw made my skin crawl. I couldn't bring myself to watch it all the way through.
My house is on land that borders a field leased by a soybean and corn farmer (they owned it, then sold it to a developer who was going to put 240 houses on it, and that fell through when the housing market collapsed). Most of the farms here are subsidized. They spray the crops with God doesn't even know what. They've hired undocumented workers, paid them worse than dirt, then turned them into INS at the end of the season. And they moan about the poor farmers getting shafted as they zip around town in their luxury SUV. And sell produce brought in from California at their farmstand. I go to a market 15 minutes away to get my veggies that I don't grow during the summer. THOSE are grown locally. And we have two local independent grocery chains that bring in produce from Michigan and Wisconsin.
Sorry, Loretto, didn't mean to hijack, but it p.o's me to no end.
Re: Food, Inc. by Loretto on 30 July 2010 7:29pm
This is the other side of the story. Thanks Mrsteabag. The documentary said the same thing about the illegal workers in a slaughter house in North Carolina called Smithfield. It is supposedly the largest slaughterhouse in the world. 90% of the workers are illegals and the INS does a cleansweep every couple of years or so.

I can't say that we are mindful about the food that we buy and its production/ journey to the gracery store shelf. But there were some amazing statemnets made in that documentary that make you think twice about the food you eat.

I grew up on a small farm in Ireland, and after looking at this documentary, I can honestly say we were 100% organic farmers. I don't think a farm like that would survive in the US today.

The documentary also mentioned Intellectual Property owned by a company called Montsano. It seems they have patented the genetically altered soybeans for planting and yielding a good harvest. When farmers clean the seeds the old fashioned way they are brougt to court, sued to the point of bankruptcy and so are the farmers who use the service of the old fashioned washing/cleaning method of soybeans. The law is very much on the side of the big producers.

The documentary also stated that it is against the law to take pictures of the farms subsidized to grow chickens, pigs etc. The conditions are horrendous. I am not a vegetarian, but I won't be eating meat as much as I used to.
Re: Food, Inc. by Lounge Trekker on 1 August 2010 12:10am
I haven't seen Food Inc yet. I am aware of Monsanto vs Percy Smiezer(sp) in Saskatchewan.The implications of this judicial outcome do not make the future of mankind as easy for many as it could be. A chemical company owning a cultivar of a staple food crop doesn't seem right to me.

This may or may not be related to Food Inc and it's practices Loretto: 'The Omnivore's Dilemma' by Michael Pollan brings up another ramification of this. It is another thing to be concerned about when considering the food supply in North America.

I try to eat seasonaly. I try to eat everything I grow. In the winter I buy from places from a meteorological zone in which I would like to be. Being nutritionaly self-sufficient is another story again. I'm on that 2000 mile diet.

Solar Trekker
Re: Food, Inc. by Loretto on 1 August 2010 2:44pm
I've heard of Michael Pollan Lounge trekker, http://michaelpollan.com/

I also started getting interested in this stuff a while back when I attended a speech given by the author of Diet for a Hot Planet by Anna Lappe, her mother is the author of Diet for a Small Planet.

The whole soybean IP stuff was shocking to me. If the machine that farmers use predates the patented genetically altered soybean, then why is that not considered the original?

An Argentinian friend of mine tells me 90% of the soybean crop in Argentina is genetically altered seed. Maybe it is only shocking to me because I was ignorant until I saw Food Inc. Very possible.

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