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.

 During the Bush administration, the head of the FDA was the former
executive VP of the National Food Processors Association.

 During the Bush administration, the chief of staff at the USDA was the
former chief lobbyist for the beef industry in Washington.

 Prior to renaming itself an agribusiness company, Monsanto was a
chemical company that produced, among other things, DDT and Agent
Orange.

 In 1996 when it introduced Round-Up Ready Soybeans, Monsanto
controlled only 2% of the U.S. soybean market. Now, over 90% of
soybeans in the U.S. contain Monsanto’s patented gene.

 Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas was an attorney at Monsanto
from 1976 to 1979.  After his appointment to the Supreme Court, Justice
Thomas wrote the majority opinion in a case that helped Monsanto
enforce its seed patents.

 The average chicken farmer invests over $500,000 and makes only
$18,000 a year.

 32,000 hogs a day are killed in Smithfield Hog Processing Plant in Tar
Heel, N.C, which is the largest slaughterhouse in the world.

 The average American eats over 200 lbs. of meat a year.

 30% of the land in the U.S. is used for planting corn.

 The modern supermarket now has, on average, 47,000 products, the
majority of which is being produced by only a handful of food companies.

 70% of processed foods have some genetically modified ingredient.

 SB63 Consumer Right to Know measure requiring all food derived from
cloned animals to be labeled as such passed the California state
legislature before being vetoed in 2007 by Governor Schwarzenegger,
who said that he couldn’t sign a bill that pre-empted federal law.

 Corn products include: ketchup, cheese, Twinkies, batteries, peanut
butter, Cheez-Its, salad dressings, Coke, jelly, Sweet & Low, syrup, juice,
Kool-Aid, charcoal, diapers, Motrin, meat and fast food.

 Corn, which is the main ingredient in animal feed, is also used as a food
additive. Those products commonly include:  Cellulose, Xylitol,
Maltodextrin, Ethylene, Gluten, Fibersol-2, Citrus Cloud Emulsion, Inosital,
Fructose, Calcium Stearate, Saccharin, Sucrose, Sorbital, High Fructose
Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Di-glycerides, Semolina, Sorbic Acid, Alpha
Tocopherol, Ethyl Lactate, Polydextrose, Xantham Gum, White Vinegar,
Ethel Acetate, Fumaric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Baking Powder, Zein, Vanilla
Extract, Margarine, and Starch.

 1 in 3 Americans born after 2000 will contract early onset diabetes; Among
minorities, the rate will be 1 in 2.

 E. coli and Salmonella outbreaks have become more frequent in America,
whether it be from spinach or jalapenos.  In 2007, there were 73,000
people sickened from the E. coli virus.

Organics is the fastest growing food segment, increasing 20% annually. (Yippee yahoo, let’s keep it going everyone!!!) … April

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