FOOD INC.: An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.
Movie Review by Markovist Wells
Professor Patrick Elliott
Essay Question: In what ways does this movie demonstrate the “Iron Triangle” and its powerful influence in the manner that our government functions?
In the documentary Food Inc. The message is that the food industry does not want us to know about what we are eating. . This problem may be true however it is driven by the consumer’s continual interest in buying cheaper and cheaper products. The farmers way of life has been revolutionized. Modern farmers think faster, cheaper, bigger. It’s really not until when consumers demand
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Essentially, money is being funneled to members of Congress to create a support agency that in turn protects and shelters the interests of industrial and corporate entities, through perhaps proposing inappropriate legislation. In all fairness, the same could be said of environmental interest groups who benefit in this triangular pattern from agencies and members of congress as well. Big business have the control but consumers have control as well. Rather than blame the industry for meeting the requirements which have been imposed on by the consumer, I would much prefer to see the media encourage the consumer to demand and pay for better quality. It isn’t the fault of the food industry that people consume too much fat, sugar, and carbs they are simply meeting the needs of the market. Americans can eat cheaply and/or wholesomely if they choose. Consumers have a choice to stop eating cheap and unhealthy foods. I believe even after watching Food Inc. that consumers are powerful and have the ability to change animal agriculture but only if they ask questions and buy selectively and intelligently. Find out where your beef, chicken, or pork comes from and how it is raised, refrain from eating fast food and plant gardens. If the store that you shop at doesn’t know the answer to where their food comes from or unable to provide nutritional facts then find a store which does.