"Food Inc." - How Big Brother is distorting your food choice options


Over the weekend I watched the documentary "Food Inc.". It detailed, for me anyway, (the lefties that made the movie and narrated it, totally missed the point and failed to take their conclusions to the next logical step) how the rules, regulations and subsidies Big Brother has put in place regarding the production of food, distorts the production and supply of food, which results in unhealthy food choices being cheaper than healthier ones. Notice that's the same recipe that led to the credit market boom and bust, the housing market boom and bust, etc.

A another funny part for me was one of the narrators, the CEO of Stoneyridge farms, which was bought out by Danone, saying that that "capitalism" wouldn't fix the problems described in the film. He then raved about the deal they made with Wal-Mart to sell their organic yogurt. Hello McFly, that's the markets at work. His point was that Wal-Mart purchasing from them, saved the world from tons and tons of pesticides, hormones, etc not about how the market works to deliver what consumers want. Wal-Mart said they made the choice to offer the yogurt and hormone free milk because that is what the customer/market wanted. It's not about ideology for them, its about the bottom line, which is what the the Market is all about and that's NOT a bad thing.

Back when we were in grad school, broke as a joke, if organic was available, that's what we bought. If you don't buy it, there's no incentive from the market to produce more of it. The more you buy, the more firms will see the activity and jump in to produce. As detailed in the documentary, the organic food market has grown 20% year over year, for forever. The Market is working.

Anyway, I could ramble on, but I won't. Do yourself a favor and rent "Food Inc." Always buy Organic and local, if possible, and don't trust Big Brother with anything, much less your food.


  1. I was at Smithfield Packing Plant last month. It didn't seem all that bad then again I haven't seen the documentary. I always buy local, but never organic.

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  3. Really? What was it like? Did it look clean? They did talk about Smithfield but I don't think they went into one of their meat processing plants. I don't really have a problem with how the cows are killed and butchered, I'm worried about their diet and living conditions before their meat gets to my table and the sanitary conditions of where its butchered. I would prefer the cow be grass fed, roaming around grazing like back in the day as opposed to living a sedentary life, knee deep in its own feces. We've been toying with the idea of buying Kosher meat due to the strict rules involved in the animals feeding, life and butchering. The only problem is there aren't any Kosher retailers where we live.

    For us the buying organic is about trying to minimize the amount of chemicals/pesticides etc that we and our kids ingest. We think that is the primary reason why our kids rarely get sick, they're not overweight and are not affected by ADD, ADHD, autism, etc. We could just be extremely lucky, but that's what we attribute it to.

    For us buying local is about getting something that's fresh and in season and supporting small businesses. We are now going to start buying our meat from local farms where the cows are grass fed and not given any hormones.

    Basically, like the saying goes, "Your body is a temple" and we try to really careful about what we put into our body. In the end that's why we buy organic, eat lots of fruits and vegetables and meat only sparingly. Anyway, sorry for rambling. Thanks for commenting.

    Down with BIg Brother!

  4. I heard, and this is hearsay, because I haven't seen the documentary, but I heard they discussed using illegals to run the Smithfield factory. If that's what the documentary said it's really wrong. I was there for a good 12 hours and it's about 98% Black Americans working in there. And unless there is a large contingent of African-Mexicans subculture that I'm not aware of, the documentary is wrong.

    That all said, it wasn't bad, it was clean, but it smelled like death.

    One footnote, I was tallking to one of the people on the kill floor and they mentioned they could go for a sausage right now! I thought they were joking. They were not. I laughed about that for a half a day.

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  6. Lol. African-Mexican. He wanted a sausage? That is funny.

    They did have a section which followed around a Union organizer who was upset that the INS was coming in and arresting illegals who worked at the meat packing plant. I'm not sure if it was Smithfield or not. The Union guy was claiming that the companies bring in the illegals and then work with the INS to deport them. He didn't say why they would do that but he thought it wasn't fair that the companies weren't being fined or that the people who hired the illegals getting fired or sent to jail. As much as I hate Unions that's a valid point in my opinion. Big Brother should impose huge fines on companies caught with illegals. Not the first time but if it happens repeatedly. The documentary also showed advertisements in Spanish, in Mexico, listing open positions for the meat packing plants. IF those were real, that's a pretty good indication the companies are specifically targeting illegals to come and work for them. I'm assuming because they could either pay them a lower wage or pay them under the table or both. I would like to see Big Brother handing out big fines for that. Pretty sure that would cut down on alot of the illegal immigration. Of course then you would have to trust that Big Brother actually did his job impartially and honestly, and that the politicians didn't use the opportunity to potentially levy fines on companies as an way to extort more money from targeted companies. I don't trust Big Brother or the politicians to do any of that so I'm pretty sure illegals will continue to be employed and then deported.

    Down with Big Brother!


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