Another issue that I care deeply about is the issue of animal welfare. In the English class which I took this semester I wrote a paper on animal welfare, and my research only made me care more about the issue. In the food production industry, the major corporations which control the quality of the products being produced by major providers care only about profit, and not the well being of the animals they are producing. One example in related to chickens. The chickens produced by big corporations such as Tyson and Perdue have engineered the chickens to grow to four times the size of a normal chicken in half the time. Though the skin and muscle have been designed to grow very quickly and efficiently, the bones and internal organs of these modified chickens can not keep up. The documentary showed several clips of these mutant chickens taking a few steps and then having to lay back down because their bodies can not support their weight. This is appalling. Production animals everywhere are suffering so these corrupted companies can dominate the market and keep turning profits.
Food safety and production is an issue that I hold very near to my heart, and this documentary discusses this. goes into detail about how the food industry has become oligopolistic, that is, run by just a few major companies. This is because those companies have developed some sort of edge - via technology, marketing, etc. - which has allowed them to become very successful. Due to this success, they seek out large-scale providers of ingredients necessary to make their products and control the quality of those products, forcing smaller businesses with less say in the matter to comply. This sort of corruption is similar to what has occurred with genetic engineering. I have written multiple papers on the topic, including one last semester, and through my research I have found that the situation is very much the same. In that market, "big buck" companies develop and patent genetically engineered seeds which are in high demand. Due to the patents, however, small farmers cannot compete and are often run out of business because the products they can provide are not in high demand.
Food Features - Baltimore City Paper
For this reaction paper, I viewed the documentary 'Food Inc.' which explores, in depth, the inner workings of the modern food industry to identify the ways in which food production has changed. Today, our food is often marketed as being "Farm Fresh," which gives consumers the idea that farms still look like they did in the 1930s and 1940s. However, this is not the case. Modern food production appears to be more of a factory than an idealistic farm setting. Thousands of chickens are packed into dark, poorly ventilated houses, hundreds of thousands of cattle are stocked in dry feed lots, and fruits and vegetables don't have growing seasons any more because of genetic engineering. Doesn't this seem wrong?