Where our food comes from

Food, Inc.

The video above is a trailer for the documentary ‘Food, Inc’. We all know that there has been a huge increase in the number of fast food restaurants and supermarkets in the last two generations in the USA. This film investigates how large companies, especially McDonald’s, have become so powerful that they are able to change the way that their suppliers operate.

One example of this effect is that McDonald’s wants their meat to be cheap and standardized – to taste the same everywhere. The result is that producers of meat have changed their product to suit the large purchasers, which has a knock-on effect on the food available to us even if we don’t eat fast food. Similarly, in order to supply supermarkets with large amounts of inexpensive foods, farms have become more like factories, producing the largest amount as efficiently as possible. According to the film, companies that own farms don’t want you to see the way they are run nowadays. In fact, modern food is commonly advertised using images of the traditional family farm, even though such farms are almost non-existent in the US today.

Our question to you is: Do you think the same thing will happen in your country? And secondly, do you think this is just progress? That in order for us as consumers to have a wide selection of inexpensive food, it’s necessary for farms and food producers to operate as portrayed in the film? Or do you feel, as the makers of the film do, that ordinary people and governments should do something more to control farms and how food is produced?