Daily Archives: December 10, 2009

Facts from Food, Inc.

Just a few foodie facts enough to turn your stomach.

Facts from Food, Inc.

 In the 1970s, the top five beef packers controlled about 25% of the
market. Today, the top four control more than 80% of the market.

 In the 1970s, there were thousands of slaughterhouses producing the
majority of beef sold. Today, we have only 13.

 In 1998, the USDA implemented microbial testing for salmonella and E.
coli 0157h7 so that if a plant repeatedly failed these tests, the USDA could
shut down the plant.  After being taken to court by the meat and poultry
associations, the USDA no longer has that power.

 In 1972, the FDA conducted 50,000 food safety inspections. In 2006, the
FDA conducted only 9,164.
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Q&A with Producer/Director Robert Kenner…

Food Inc., Co-Producer/Food Expert Eric Schlosser, Food Expert Michael Pollan and Producer Elise Pearlstein

How did this film initially come about?
Kenner:  Eric Schlosser and I had been wanting to do a documentary version of
his book, Fast Food Nation.  And, for one reason or another, it didn’t happen. By the time Food, Inc. started to come together, we began talking and realized that all food has become like fast food, and all food is being created in the same manner as fast food.

How has fast food changed the food we buy at the supermarket?
Schlosser:  The enormous buying power of the fast food industry helped to
transform the entire food production system of the United States.  So even when
you purchase food at the supermarket, you’re likely to be getting products that
came from factories, feedlots and suppliers that emerged to serve the fast food
chains.

How many years did it take to do this film and what were the challenges?
Kenner:  From when Eric and I began talking, about 6 or 7 years.  The film itself
about 2 1⁄2 years.  It has taken a lot longer than we expected because we were
denied access to so many places.
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Hungry For Change: Food Inc. Video

You’ll never look at dinner the same way.

No kidding. I don’t now – that’s why I started this blog and belong to GE Free BC. After watching this video I feel even sicker. You can watch the trailer for it here: Food Inc.

“Monsanto has a team of private investigators that kinda roam the country and
they have a little 1-800 hotline … if you save your own seed, you’re gonna get a
call from Monsanto.”
Troy Roush, VP, American Corn Growers Association, on what’s happening
behind the scenes to America’s farmers.

LONG SYNOPSIS

How much do we know about the food we buy at our local supermarkets and
serve to our families? Though our food appears the same—a tomato still looks
like a tomato—it has been radically transformed.

In Food, Inc., producer-director Robert Kenner and investigative authors Eric
Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) lift
the veil on the U.S. food industry – an industry that has often put profit ahead of
consumer health, the livelihoods of American farmers, the safety of workers and
our own environment.
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