Our Nation’s Food Production Process is More Disgusting Than I Had Thought!

I had an eye-opening experience a couple of days ago when I watched the documentary Food Inc., which is also available as a book, and discovered just how our nation’s food is really produced–it’s much more like an assembly line than anything! Food quality should really be a priority in our nation, but it seems as though money rules over quality in this case as it so often does.
Food Inc

This documentary focuses on how food production has changed over the past 50-60 years. Back then, there were thousands of meat production facilities, whereas now you can count the number of industrial meat production plants on your fingers and toes! So how does this affect our food quality? It has a drastic effect on the quality of our food:

  • These massive processing plants push out meat products at the speed of sound–good for the fast food industry; bad for our overall quality of food.
  • How clean can you expect your food to be when it is touched by hundreds of hands, and thousands of cows, pigs and chickens are processed each day through each of these plants? The workers at these processing plants simply don’t have time to worry about cleanliness, they need to push out product faster and faster.
  • With so many fewer meat processing plants around the country, your meat tends to travel a much longer distance before reaching your local grocery store, making it much less nutritious. The same is true for vegetable production.

These are just a few of the reasons why cases of E Coli and other foodborne illnesses are so commonly reported these days. There’s even cases of E Coli being found in vegetables which is caused by feeding livestock a corn diet rather than the healthier grass diet. I won’t go into detail about how this actually happens, because it’s gross, so just take my word for it.

The documentary goes on to point out that the majority of our nation’s meat production is controlled by four companies. Furthermore, these companies have a lot of influence in Congress and other government entities–not to mention plenty of money to throw around. These companies make the majority of their money from fast food chains, such as McDonalds, so it’s their mission to make sure that legislation supports their goal of producing food faster and cheaper–whatever it takes for them to make a profit. In the meantime, it’s the American people who suffer.

Today, farmers are almost being forced to comply with these huge companies requests of pumping their cows, chickens and pigs with hormones to make them grow bigger and much faster than is possible otherwise. They also are feeding their animals corn feed rather than grass, which helps them grow to a larger size. Speaking of corn, it is the most abundant crop in the United States, and it is found in virtually any type of food you find on grocery store shelves. It’s usually in the form of high fructose corn syrup, which is immensely unhealthy for your body. It’s cheap to produce, and it has almost an addicting quality to it, which is what makes soda, chips, candy, syrup and other foods so tempting to us.

So What’s the Solution?

The solution is simple–quit buying these types of foods, and instead buy locally. Go to your local farm market to purchase fruits and vegetables, and seek out a local farm that sells beef, pork, eggs or chicken. Buy organic products at your grocery store. More and more grocery stores around the country are stocking their shelves with organic products, because it is in demand like never before.

You should ask your local grocery store where they buy their meats–Are they bought locally or are they shipped in from 1,500 miles away? Only purchase fruits and vegetables that are in season. If it’s not in season, it’s either not fresh–and thus has lost most of its nutritional value and taste–or it has been flown in from a different country from thousands of miles away.

While buying organic products from local producers may end up costing you a bit more on your grocery bill, you need to look at the benefits:

  • It’s much much healthier food
  • It tastes noticeably better
  • It is not pumped full of hormones, water or other “unknown” juices!
  • It’s fresher and more nutritious food
  • You are supporting your local growers, which has a positive trickle effect on the entire community
  • You greatly reduce the chances of getting food poisoning
  • You will almost surely lose weight by cutting out over-processed foods
  • Do I need to go on?…

As you can see, the benefits far outweigh the few extra bucks you’ll end up spending each week on groceries. If you’d like to learn more, I recommend you go rent this documentary or buy the book. It was very informative and really opened my eyes to what really goes on behind the scenes of our nation’s food system.

One Response to Our Nation’s Food Production Process is More Disgusting Than I Had Thought!
  1. Chemist

    The concept of genetically modified animals and seeds are causing adverse effects on individuals across the world. The process of natural selection is a must. while we purchase food products it must be checked whether it is natural or genetically modified

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