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Controversial Documentary ‘Food, Inc.’ is Now Available Online.

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Food, Inc., in my humble opinion, will be one of the most influential documentaries of all time.

Never before (at least to my knowledge) has such a fundamental issue as the food we eat been presented to the general public in such an easily understandable and graphic manner. It is a gigantic wake up call for anyone who consistently buys into the cleverly marketed propaganda that Big Food’s consumer psychologists squeeze in between our favorite television shows.

As someone who has worked as a field microbiologist, this stuff is not news to me. Which is probably why I’m in favor of things like sin taxes on junk food, insist upon raising my own container garden and buy organic meat/produce as often as I can. I’ve toured the slaughterhouse floors and stood in awe at the speed which mass produced foods are quickly sped down the assembly line, so take it from me, the message of Food, Inc. is worth taking into consideration.


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Perhaps the most inflaming truth this documentary makes is that the food you eat is no longer grown on pastoral, organic 1930s style farms as you’re made to believe. It’s really made in million square feet factories with millions of dollars of stainless steel equipment or thousand acre animal feedlots built to pump out as much “protein product” as fast as possible.

The key message that you should take away as the consumer is with every purchase you make, you’re making a vote “For” or “Against” the products Big Food churns out. Standard business protocol equates high sales with high demand, so if you stop buying Product X for Product Y, you’re telling the food industry to make the switch. If they don’t adapt to consumer demands, one of their competitors certainly will.

For more information or to stay up to date with TakePart’s efforts, you can follow along at their blog.

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Posted by CJ   @   12 November 2009 10 comments
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Nov 12, 2009
5:12 pm
#1 SJ :

NICE! Thanks for sharing! I tried to go during the free showing but tixs were all given out already =(

Nov 12, 2009
5:25 pm
#2 Matt SF :

No problem, I knew they would release it online eventually.

Nov 12, 2009
10:00 pm
#3 SJ :

Actually, I had a quick question… is this a legit release or pirated? I know megadownloader isn’t always… not sure abt megavideo haha
I don’t think it’ll stop me from watching… but just slightly curious =)

Nov 12, 2009
10:35 pm
#4 Matt SF :

I sent an email to the makers of Food, Inc. nearly two weeks ago asking if using their video would qualify for a breech of intellectual property or copyright nearly two weeks ago. No reply.

Plus, the video has already been uploaded to YouTube on October 31st by multiple users. I just chose this one because it wasn’t broken into 10 or 12 parts like the YouTube uploads.

I know lots of people who didn’t see it in the theater, so I can’t think of a better way to continue to get the word out.

Nov 13, 2009
2:29 pm
#5 JKB :

Thanks for the tip Matt.

I’ve really been looking forward to see this movie!

Nov 13, 2009
2:54 pm
#6 Matt SF :

No problem JKB. I’ve been looking forward to is as well.

Freaky thing is I’ve toured one of the factories in this film, and surprised they were able to compile the footage they shot.

Nov 13, 2009
5:23 pm
#7 Ashley :

Sooo happy you posted this! I’ve made a decision to become vegetarian (slowly going vegan) for this reason. Also, we could end world hunger with the grain used to feed mass produced livestock. People need to realize the power their buying dollar holds and take it more seriously. If everyone stopped eating at Mickey D’s and got more concerned about where their food was coming from restaurants would be forced to change their standards.

Nov 13, 2009
9:36 pm
#8 Matt SF :

@ Ashley

Well said! At least up to the part about going vegan… love my bacon and chicken parmesan too much. ;-)

To support your statement, I read somewhere that it takes 4 pounds of grain/corn to produce 1 pound protein. Not sure how much water that it takes, but it has to be a pretty high amount once you begin computing the metrics.

Not to mention, how many pounds of antibiotics that it takes to accelerate the animal weight gain process. Pretty sad state of affairs when we’ve bred animals to produce so much biomass they can’t even reproduce by themselves.

Nov 13, 2009
9:33 pm

Thanks for this.
I’ve wanted to watch it…and I appreciate the gusto with which you introduce it!

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