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Hi, need to submit a 1250 words essay on the topic Food Inc. by James Brewer.Download file to see previous pages... In watching the documentary, the commentaries of Brewer about the arguments and clai
Hi, need to submit a 1250 words essay on the topic Food Inc. by James Brewer.Download file to see previous pages...
In watching the documentary, the commentaries of Brewer about the arguments and claim posed by Robert Kenner in his documentary became animated which made me appreciate and understand where he is coming from. Indeed the shift in America’s eating habit and the way it is produced by big business is more disturbing that we think. The food that is now presented to us by big business is not produced the way that they are presented to us and borrowing from Kenner’s words “US does not jibe with the pastoral imagery often depicted on the packaging, but rather involves giant firms operating huge factories with brutal conditions” (Brewer, 2010). These brutal conditions meant that food are no longer grown the way they were but became industrialize that it can be likened to a factory. It was detailed in the Food Inc. documentary that chickens never saw daylight in their lifetime where cows are fed with corn and antibiotics standing all day in a cake of manure. The advent of this unhealthy food can be traced back to the idea of selling foods that are cheap, convenient and tasty to respond to the customer’s preference of a delicious and cheap food albeit unhealthy. This materialized when McDonald brothers had a very successful drive-in restaurant and decided to cut cost and simplify. They fired all their car shops and got rid of the things on the menu and mechanized the entire food preparation. This basically brought the factory in the restaurant kitchen and revolutionized how to run a restaurant. This proved to be a huge success that it inadvertently altered how and what we eat. The industry in raising beef was also changed. Compared to the 1970s where the top five beef packers controlled only some 25 percent of the market, the market now is monopolized because the top five beef packers controlled more than 80 percent of the market which could already qualify as a monopoly that contributed further to the deterioration of the food that we eat. This idea of cheapness and convenience brought by the fast food industry however is not necessarily healthy. It basically skewed our food preference towards the mechanized meat that produces unhealthy calorie that it is now cheaper to buy a burger than a carrot. The effect is devastating to our health. Statistics showed that one out of three children who were born from 2000 in America will contract diabetes and among the minorities, that will be one in two or 50 % (Brewer, 2010). And this new method of feeding corn to the cows (the feedlot operator can buy corn at fraction of what it costs to grow) resulted in E. coli that is acid resistant. This is the more harmful E. coli as its mutation evolves to a strain called "E. coli 0157:h7". And it's a product of the diet that is being fed to the cattle on feedlots (Kenner,, 2010). A diet of corn which cows were not made to eat by natural evolution but by deliberate government policy of heavily subsidizing corn which is central to U.S. agriculture. .