During this week, I have watched a documentary film “Food, Inc.”. The “Food, Inc.” is a 2008 American documentary film directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Kenner. The film examines corporate farming in the United States, concluding that agribusiness produces food that is unhealthy, in a way that is environmentally harmful and abusive of both animals and employees.
The film’s first segment examines the industrial production of meat (chicken, beef, and pork), calling it inhumane and economically and environmentally unsustainable. The second segment looks at the industrial production of grains and vegetables (primarily corn and soy beans), again labeling this economically and environmentally unsustainable. The film’s third and final segment is about the economic and legal power, such as food label laws of the major food companies, the profits of which are based on supplying cheap but contaminated food, the heavy use of petroleum-based chemicals (largely pesticides and fertilizers), and the promotion of unhealthy food consumption habits by the American public.
It shows companies like Wal-Mart transitioning towards organic foods as that industry is booming in the recent health movement. After watching the film, I found we really know little about the food we buy in our local supermarkets, and I’m concerned the quality of what we are eating in daily life. Food security issue, now is a big and important issue in the worldwide which are appearing with the development of the food industry. To solve this kind of problem, we need to constantly develop ourselves. I believe the film “Food, Inc.” is a film with huge social influence which should make all the society to make self-examinations.
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