Earth Day Airing of Food, Inc. on PBS

April 20, 2010

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In honor of Earth Day, PBS will be airing the documentary Food, Inc.

Food Inc, features interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser of Fast Food Nation, Michael Pollan, the author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma along with entrepreneurs like Stonyfield Farms’ Gary Hirschberg and Polyface Farms’ Joe Salatin.

Food, Inc. reveals surprising truths about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.

Food Inc

Facts from Food, Inc.

  • In the 1970s, the top five beef packers controlled about 25% of the market. Today, the top four control more than 80% of the market.
  • In 1998, the USDA implemented microbial testing for salmonella and E. coli 0157h7 so that if a plant repeatedly failed these tests, the USDA could shut down the plant. After being taken to court by the meat and poultry associations, the USDA no longer has that power.
  • In 1972, the FDA conducted 50,000 food safety inspections. In 2006, the FDA conducted only 9,164.
  • Prior to renaming itself an agribusiness company, Monsanto was a chemical company that produced, among other things, DDT and Agent Orange.
  • In 1996 when it introduced Round-Up Ready Soybeans, Monsanto controlled only 2% of the U.S. soybean market. Now, over 90% of
    soybeans in the U.S. contain Monsanto’s patented gene.
  • 70% of processed foods have some genetically modified ingredient.
  • Corn products include: ketchup, cheese, Twinkies, batteries, peanut butter, Cheez-Its, salad dressings, Coke, jelly, Sweet & Low, syrup, juice, Kool-Aid, charcoal, diapers, Motrin, meat and fast food.
  • Corn, which is the main ingredient in animal feed, is also used as a food additive. Those products commonly include: Cellulose, Xylitol, Maltodextrin, Ethylene, Gluten, Fibersol-2, Citrus Cloud Emulsion, Inosital, Fructose, Calcium Stearate, Saccharin, Sucrose, Sorbital, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Di-glycerides, Semolina, Sorbic Acid, Alpha Tocopherol, Ethyl Lactate, Polydextrose, Xantham Gum, White Vinegar, Ethel Acetate, Fumaric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Baking Powder, Zein, Vanilla Extract, Margarine, and Starch.

You can view Food Inc., for free on April 21 on PBS (check your local listings), or also via Netflix Streaming if you are a subscriber.

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{ 3 comments }

Sharon April 20, 2010 at 8:46 pm

After watching this movie, I vowed I would only buy local meat! It gave me a real scare… and Fast Food? If it wasn’t already out the door because of $$, it would be now! Yikes!

(enjoyed my visit to your blog – it’s beautiful! Keep up the great work!)

Dealafina April 20, 2010 at 3:56 pm

I know… it’s always hard knowing. But, I think it’s worse even NOT knowing. It’s a double-edged sword…!

NutHouse Reviews (Shannon) April 20, 2010 at 3:04 pm

I want to see this… but on the other hand, I’m afraid to!
.-= NutHouse Reviews (Shannon)´s last blog update ..$25 Amazon Gift Card from Queen of the Castle Reviews! =-.

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