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October 24, 2011


Douglas Padilla

1) Does our food system protect the average American as much as it could? No, our food system does not protect the average American it puts them at a disadvantage. Families who can barely afford to pay the mortgage and put food on their table have no choice but to buy cheap unhealthy groceries.

2) Should food be inspected for health and safety or should our food be ‘Buyer Beware’ ? Yes, our food should definitely be inspected, the types and quantities of drugs and chemicals being administered to our animals and crops need to be monitored for the safety and quality of the product. I was surprised to see the dramatic drop in inspections for the 70s to today.

3) Did the film make you aware of anything you were not aware of? I always thought that producing organic products required more work. The gentleman who was speaking of his organic farm said he lets the cows graze and while the cows are grazing they’re fertilizing the ground with manure.

4) What concerns do you have about the school lunch system in America? I feel that these children are at an age when they’re learning and developing good and bad habits. If we are feeding them pizza and other junk food for lunch, what are we teaching them? These kids and their bodies are growing both mentally physically. I think schools should be required to provide quality products. Its like a mothers breast milk, it has so many benefits to the growth of children.

Ryan McCarthy

1) Does our food system protect the average American as much as it could?
No, our food system could do a lot better at protecting us. The problem is that the food system only consists of a few Large companies that run the show and do what they have to do to deliver the goods, while maintaining the largest profits possible, which is good, but not at the expense and health of America.

2) Should food be inspected for health and safety or should our food be ‘Buyer Beware’ ?
Our food should be inspected for health and safety. Americans are purchasing these products with the thought that they are safe and edible. And if the FDA is putting their stamp of approval on something, it should probably be inspected.

3) Did the film make you aware of anything you were not aware of?
The film wasn't too surprising, that kind of behavior is to be expected when you have a large company or large companies trying to produce a lot of product while maintaining cost effectiveness. It is just a shame that they have to cut so many corners to make it happen, instead of doing the best they can to provide an exceptional product.

4) What concerns do you have about the school lunch system in America?
I think in recent years, the school systems have been trying to provide a healthier menu, but in the past, the high fat menu was pretty bad, along with the quality of some of the food. And as long as the school systems maintain a clean work environment and keep food at the correct temperatures, that should alleviate most concerns.

Alexis Santana

1.)Our food system could def do a better job at protecting us. There are always ways of getting better, if they work hard enough, then i believe they could achieve.
2.)Food should always be inspected thats the safest thing.
3.)Yes, it opened up my mind to many different view points and know i know more about our food system.
4.)I believe the freshness is not accurate. Its just warmed up and served. It has preservatives and is not fresh.

Jeremy Haycox

1)Does our food system protect the average American as much as it could?
Absolutely not, the factory system of food delivery has brought about extremely dangerous ramifications to the food, and along with that, our own personal health. The changes made to food production, in service of uniformity and mass delivery at the lowest dollar price, have created an industry that is only concerned with the bottom line. A system where farmers do what corporations tell them to, hormones and genetic alterations are common-place, and the consumer is none the wiser. Our food delivery system is tied up in the same capitalistic cycle of greed. Like in the healthcare industry, the profit is the focus of the business, not the well-being of consumers, and even worse in the food system, farmers are also left holding a steep bill with a very small portion of the profits that corporate agribusiness nets. If it is to improve, changes must be made to the regulatory powers that be.

2) Should food be inspected for health and safety or should our food be ‘Buyer Beware’?
Our food should be inspected for health and safety, but just like the healthcare industry, corporate America has invaded our political systems. Now you have the people who used to lobby for these corporations overseeing them. How is that not a conflict of interest? Because the pockets have been lined, the wheels have been greased, and those who are responsible for looking out for us, have started looking out for those who can make them richer. Just looking at the difference in inspections that were done in 1972 compared to 2006 has to tell you something is very wrong within our regulatory systems. Also, when looking at the fact that it took a child dying to institute a law that gives the USDA the power to shut down plants producing contaminated meat. Our food has become ‘Buyer Beware’, because if the officials charged with protecting us from unethical food production methods cannot or will not do their jobs, then we have to protect ourselves and our families. Not only that, but we must take the fight to them like Barbara Kowalcyk has in her fight to get Kevin’s law passed.

3)Did the film make you aware of anything you were not aware of?
One thing that freaked me out was when the “meat factory” was spraying the meat with ammonia. This is stuff that I use to clean my floors, and it is in the meat of 70% of fast food restaurants. Joel Salatin brought up many good points, the best being that if there were transparency in big corporate agribusiness, the people would demand a better food delivery system. Also the food delivery system as it stands now is so much more costly and detrimental to the environment than the natural alternative of cattle grazing. I was also amazed by the corrupt practices between the corporations and illegal immigrants. The companies recruit illegal immigrants, and the federal government goes after the workers, not the companies. Another shocking issue was the patenting of crops. At the present time, farmers either have to deal with Monsanto, or they are crushed under foot. When a farmer does try to fight it, those with the most money, corporations, win.

4)What concerns do you have about the school lunch system in America?
It honestly frightens me, recently my oldest son returned to the public school system, and I am very concerned about what he is eating there. While my wife and I do our best to provide good wholesome food at home, in the current economic situation facing our country, schools will probably not even look twice at spending more to provide healthy lunches. Currently the public school system is facing budget deficits on a never before seen scale. When faced with the cut of virtually all extra-curricular activities, teacher layoffs, and supply shortcomings, the importance of a healthy balanced school lunch simply is not there for administrators. The change must start with us demanding it from those elected to look out for our best interests, and then change can be affected on a large scale and long-term.

Caitlin Ehn

1) I don’t believe our food system protects the average American as much as it should. While it may seem that there are strong regulations in place to insure food safety, much of the food we consume goes unchecked for quality control. According to the video, Food Inc., in 1972 the government conducted 50,000 food safety checks, in 2006 they only did 9164. The conditions that are acceptable for mass production of livestock and poultry create breeding grounds for diseases that can be quickly spread throughout a farm. When watching the interview with the mother who had lost her young son to e coli from contaminated beef, it was disturbing to learn the meat was not recalled for 16 days. Our food system needs to be less politically motivated and more concerned about protecting the safety of the consumers.

2) I think food produced for sale in grocery stores and restaurants needs to be inspected for health and safety. It is important that farms uphold sanitation and humane standards so consumers can be confident they won’t get sick from the food they buy and eat. While I believe all farms, regardless of size, should be licensed and inspected, it seems that if you are buying from your neighbor or the local farmer’s market, a buyer beware scenario is more likely.

3) The film made me aware of just how bad conditions are at many of the farms that produce meat for huge corporations such as Tyson. The chickens never see daylight and can’t even walk because they are genetically modified to have larger breast weight. I also wasn’t aware of how many large corporations persuade immigrants to come to work in this country and let them take the fall when it is found they are illegally employed. It was also disconcerting to learn of how mafia like companies are when it comes to genetically modified seeds. They will ruin your entire livelihood if they want to, and you can’t fight them unless you have unlimited funds.

4) The concerns I have about the school lunch system are the lack of nutritional value they consider adequate. Congress very recently declared pizza a vegetable so it could continue to be served in school lunches. Proper nutrition habits start at a young age, so it is important that children consume appropriate complex carbs, healthy fats, and proteins at school seeing that they might not have the opportunity to eat well at home.

Angela Wallwork

After watching the film "Food, Inc.," I have a much different perspective on the food system as a whole. I've always wondered how the grocery shelves are always so stocked with large quantities of food. I wondered how the food industry was managing to stretch a dollar. "Food, Inc." taught me that the dollar isn't really being stretched. Our foods are being stretched by being contaminated with hormones. Because of that, people are getting sick and dying while the food industry rakes in money.
I don't believe the food system is protecting Americans as much as they could. I think too many companies are trying to keep quiet about what they do to the food we consume. There needs to be buyer beware notifications on our food and I believe that our food should be better inspected. We hear too often about recalls on beef due to contamination. Those who work in doctor’s offices and emergency rooms will probably say they hear about food poisoning cases way too much. How many adults and children need to die before the food industry starts caring about us. I remember when the food system objected to having the nutritional facts of food placed onto the wrappers of fast foods. We have the right to know what we are consuming and if it is dangerous to us.
“Food, Inc.” was a great film that brought a lot of knowledge to me, as a viewer. I never realized how controlling some of the big food companies really are. I always thought there were a lot of little companies out there raising animals or growing food for their fellow Americans to consume. Apparently, I was dead wrong. I learned from the movie that there are only a few large companies out there that are supplying America with food. It seems as though they believe that because food is a necessity for survival, it gives them permission to do whatever they want to it before selling it.
I recently went to my little sister’s school for “Thanksgiving Lunch”. I was impressed to see that they now only serve 1% and fat free milks to the children. I was surprised that they have taken certain foods away from the “Thanksgiving lunch,” like pumpkin pie( I think I was more disappointed than surprised since I was looking forward to a little indulgence.) It seems like the foods served to the children are a lot healthier now than what I was served as a child. I don’t currently have any children school age myself, but it sounds like they are making big improvements. I believe that what the school lunch system is serving our children is very important. I believe it needs to be as healthy as possible. After watching, “Food, Inc.” I am concerned with all the processed foods our children are given to eat in their cafeterias. I believe that too much processed and modified foods are not good for anyone. I don’t believe in a full organic diet- not with the prices of organic food being so high. Some foods do not need to be grown organically since they already grow with natural pesticides. But things like “chicken nuggets” and cereal (stuff kids eat often) need to be as healthy as possible. What is a chicken nugget anyway? Where on a chicken’s body can you find a nugget? “Food, Inc.” has helped me to start acting questions like this. For those who have not seen it- I suggest you do. It is a real eye opener!

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