Movie: Food Inc. In your own words, answer each question briefly, i.e. 1 short paragraph. Please type your answers directly on this page, using italics or a different font than the questions. If you need a second page, staple them together with your name on each.
1.Which two major plant crops are incorporated into the vast majority of Genetically Modified Foods? Briefly describe how it is that these ingredients are in just about all processed foods. The two major plant crops that are incorporated into the majority of Genetically Modified Foods are corn and soy beans. These items are broken down easily into other components such as high fructose corn syrup, Cellulose, Citric Acid, Baking Powder, Vanilla Extract etc. which are all commonly found in many of the processed foods that we now find on the shelves of supermarkets.
2.What is a CAFO? Spell out what the acronym stands for. Briefly describe how animals are treated there. How does the way they are treated also affect us? CAFO stands for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations. The conditions in these facilities are horrible. The cows are fed corn to make them fat. Cows naturally create e-coli in their stomachs and on these CAFO’s the cows are basically standing in their own manure all day and this can infect the meat from the cows. The run off from the farms can also affect other crops such as spinach and lettuce as the manure contaminates the water that feeds these crops. There have been many deadly e-coli outbreaks and in the movie the mother of a boy who died from eating a hamburger is trying to get stronger regulations on these facilities.
3.How was Joel Salatan’s Polyface Farm different from a CAFO? His farm was vastly different in that the cows were fed GRASS instead of corn. He does not keep thousands of cows or chickens on his farm at one time. He raises organic eggs and grass fed beef and he believes that his way of doing things is healthier and he also does not ship any food. He believes that everyone should buy food from their own region so it is fresh.
4.The family in the movie often bought soda and chips instead of vegetables. Why? The family bought soda and chips instead of vegetables for the simple fact that fast food is cheaper than buying healthy food at the supermarket. They were able to feed their family at a local drive thru for only a few dollars. When they went to the supermarket they were unable to purchase broccoli or other vegetables and fruit and keep within their budget. The mass produced fast food was more economical for them even though they did realize that it was not the healthiest choice for them especially with the dad having diabetes. Unfortunately, his medication was expensive and it left little funds left for healthy food. They work long hours and time is also an issue so it was faster for them to just drive thru and get what was readily available as the mother did not have the time to cook a healthy meal for her family.