However, one must remember that this is a documentary, and in the case of the large majority of documentaries, the producers will try to get the viewers to think a certain way; that is, persuade the viewer to agree with them. I am not saying that the issues are unimportant or that the information is not true, but the entire time I tried to view it objectively and not get sucked into their way of thinking.
That being said, after watching Food Inc., I am more aware of the food I eat, and it is interesting (and a little scary) to see where it comes from, in some cases. It is concerning that there is somewhat of an oligopoly in the market for the production of certain foods. However, it would take a certain amount of drive for me personally to even come close to changing the way things are done, drive that I don’t have. The second choice I have is to go organic with my diet. But the problem is, after watching Food, Inc., those seem to be the only two choices I have. As a teenager, I have limited the amount of fast food I eat (even before watching Food, Inc.) because I choose not to eat that food. A point Food, Inc.
Ho made his first appearance on the world stage at the Versailles peace conference in 1919, following World War I. Wearing a borrowed suit and using the pseudonym Nguyen Ai Quoc (Nguyen the Patriot), Ho presented a letter to the leaders of the victorious nations respectfully asking for recognition of the rights of the Vietnamese people. These rights included equal justice in the courts; freedoms of the press, speech, assembly, education, and travel; and the “replacement of the [colonial] regime of arbitrary decrees by a regime of law.” U.S. President Woodrow Wilson had previously indicated his support for the principle of self-determination, telling Congress on February 11, 1918:
This isn’t so much a review as a long essay. There have also been reviews on , in the , and all over, as well as lots of interviews, including . There are long lists of guest posts, interviews, and interesting reviews .
Following raids in Dai Lai village in the rural Thai Binh province (southeast of Hanoi) in October 1967, French journalist Gerard Chaliand witnessed men and women weeping as they swept debris from the floors of destroyed homes and recounted how their neighbors had been burned alive by the fires. Bui Van Nguu, age forty-six, told Chaliand that he had been outdoors making brooms for the cooperative when a bomb exploded in his kitchen, burying his three children. The only thing left of them was mangled limbs, shreds of flesh, and the ear of his eldest daughter which was found in a garden seven yards away. Rescue teams in the village dug out many other children who had been buried alive, burned to shreds, or asphyxiated in the bombing massacre that was one of many in the war. A woman who had lost her parents and six siblings in the bombing of Phy Le told visiting peace activist David Dellinger to “ask your president Johnson if our straw huts were made of steel and concrete” (as LBJ claimed) and to ask him if “our Catholic church that was destroyed was a military target….Tell him that we will continue our life and struggle no matter what future bombings there will be because we know that without independence and freedom, nothing is worthwhile.”
And that is the first thing which, in my view, fits every modern definition of progress. Francis Bacon died from pneumonia contracted while experimenting with using snow to preserve chickens, attempting to give us refrigeration, by which food could be stored and spread across a hungry world. Bacon envisioned technological progress, medical progress, but also the small social progresses those would create, not just Renaissance glories for the prince and the cathedral, but food for the shepherd, rest for the farmer, little by little, progress. As Bacon’s followers reexamined medicine from the ground up, throwing out old theories and developing…
was the part about the firms hiring illegal workers. I think it is unfair, unjust, and morally wrong that the companies will hire these workers, and then turn them over to the police, who knew they were hiring illegals. As the documentary suggests, it does create some feeling of a secret police type system where everyone is plotting together against the illegal immigrants. The police shouldn’t take sides and with what they’re doing, it doesn’t seem like they’re doing their job correctly.
The most important idea I took from Food, Inc., if it wasn’t that the actions against the illegal immigrants are wrong, is that more people need to be aware of these things in order to change them. If laws are not being made, this is because not enough people are influencing lawmakers to do so. It would be difficult for a few thousand people to change the way things are done in the United States, but a few hundred thousand or a few million people would have a larger impact.
is that it raises too many issues and too few solutions. I agree with enforcing and creating more labeling laws so at least the consumer can choose what they want to buy. I also think more inspections of facilities is a good thing. But I also think there is a careful balance of not creating too many laws. Another thing is that it is unfortunate that unhealthy foods cost less than healthy foods, but how can this be prevented? I don’t have the answer, and I think the answer is certainly not creating price mandates or something along that line. I’m just not sure.
To protect my health, I try to eat healthy and balanced. Also, I make sure I get enough sleep. Walking to classes and to the Student Union all the time is another way to stay healthy. I do a lot more walking than I did in high school, purely out of necessity.
The thing that most bothered me about Food, Inc.
brings up is that whether I get my chicken from or Purdue (in the freezer section of the grocery store), it is still most likely being prepared in an unsafe way. So what choice do I have?
One choice is to go organic. If money were not an issue, I cannot tell you whether I would eat organic foods or not. I suppose I might eat some organic foods, but I don’t know if I would go completely organic. I may be under the false assumption that there is less selection among organic foods as compared to , but that is the assumption I have. I liked the part of the documentary when it showed the farmer preparing the chickens in the open air, by hand, using safe practices. It would be nice if all the chicken producers did that. However, the rate of production is much less, and we must ask ourselves: would they be able to sustain the amount of chicken that is consumed by Americans every year using those slower practices? If that were the case, then they should prepare the chicken like the organic farmers. But if not, then what?
The way I feel about Food, Inc.
Such harsh penalties undoubtedly dissuaded many GIs from directly challenging military authority, but other ways were found to debate and protest the war. With the support of local peace groups, coffee houses sprang up near military bases where GIs could freely exchange ideas. GIs began publishing off-base newspapers, one of the first being Vietnam GI in late 1967. More newspapers followed. Cortright counts a total of 259 over the course of the war, although many lasted only a few issues due to personnel relocation. In December 1967, the American Servicemen’s Union (ASU) was founded by socialist Andy Stapp, who purposely entered the Army in order to organize among soldiers. ASU developed chapters in bases at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and Fort Benning, Georgia, and offered legal assistance to servicemen in support of GI rights. An increasing number of GIs also applied for C.O. status while in the service. Even if denied, their applications backed up the military courts and sometimes delayed deployment orders. At the Oakland Army Base, a primary embarkation point for Vietnam, the Pacific Counseling Service aided GIs in filling out C.O. applications, resulting in 1,200 soldiers successfully delaying their deployment orders by March 1, 1970.