Today, YouthCAN watched a documentary about the hidden identities of the big corporations. Behind all the produce and meat packages are harmful chemicals and cruelty that is morally wrong. Yet we continue our daily lives unaware of all these advancing problems that harm the living things on this earth. YouthCAN analyzed the issue and produced solutions and relfections about the documentary. Here are their reflections:
Food is life. Now, food is a lie. In our society, mothers want the best for their kids and people want the best for themselves. Yet, we still devour garbage that corrupts the human body. Can we really sustain healthy lives in this society with the lies of meat and produce companies? Has anyone else looked beyond the physical characteristics of the food that we put in our system? In these cliche words, I would like to tell you to look outside the box. To look beyond the scrumptious and tender meat. To look beyond the “fresh” and “pure” vegetables and fruits. What’s inside of your food? How has the food that you see now sit in front of you? Have you ever thought of these simple yet critical questions? Do food companies really care about your future? No. They deceive us by putting mutated, distorted “food” that come from labs onto our plates; their greedy, beading eyes only gaze at the money rather than the heart. You’ve now been warned. It’s your decision to eat what’s right for you. It’s your to make a stand.
I want meat companies to compare food from fifty years ago to the current produce. We need to stop adding chemicals and poison to cure humans; it’s just making it worse.
I learned that we need to unite as a community and to become more aware of our food system and where our main food source comes from. We need to start our own organization or link with local organizations to promise a healthier diet by knowing how to grow forage and to inspire the next generations’ future to eat healthy and be healthy.
Ashley K.: I learned about the horrible things that are done in the meat industry. I also learned that tomatoes are picked green and ripened with Ethylene gas. To make a change in the food industry, we should come together as a community by putting the foods that are healthy for animals and the environment to increase the demand.
The food system that we have is corrupted; the large companies that supply the farmers with the seeds or substances they need are cruel and careless. Monsanto supplies seeds for farmers but they have people inside the government that work with the FDA who tries to stop the regulations; Thus making people try to stop Monsanto. This changes my thoughts on the government and it questions my trust towards them.
After watching the hidden secrets of food in the Netflix Documentary Food Inc, I learned that McDonald’s is the largest purchaser of beef, despite the obviousness of that. It shocked me to think about the capabilities of greed and the insatiable, flaming desire of power. By taking advantage of other people and abusing work ethics, the food industry completely demoralized the workers and farmers in a mad scramble to satisfy their own selfish needs. It’s a terrible shame to know that this is a regularity in the industry and nothing is being done, despite people protesting it. Sometimes, to solve a problem you have to start small. Make small changes. Buy local food products. Read labels and know what’s going into your body. “This land is your land. This land is my land”. What is belonging if we all can’t belong together? Spread and share. Food Inc taught me that.
Tamar M.: Ours is a new generation, one so bright yet so far from the target, from the light. Ours is a generation from fast food chains, chaos running in the blood that flows within our veins. Ours is a generation high standards for technology, yet when it comes to the food that we process life energy…well then, we need to stop worrying. Food inc. is food for thought. Have you ever truly contemplated the idea that theoretically if you were plated two meals? Sadly, the majority would choose not one with organic vegetables and high cost. But the affordable one with the burger made from the meat of thousand cows that lived a life knee deep of its own feces. Which of the two meals would you eat? Imagine a world where carrots are cheaper than deep-fried potato chips. Imagine a life of lean and fit versus majority of obesity. To all the mothers. To all the fathers. They should be able to feed their children healthy, organic, and tasty treats not dependent of cash value but on their hunger for a more healthy humanity and for their children’s future identity of priorities being longevity, constantly dreaming of that world. Sadly, currently, it’s all about the currency and less about the healthy eats. Food inc. is food for thought.
Candice L.: I am a person who eats my meals without ever questioning the composition and the creation of my food. Until I watched this documentary. Food inc. shows the cruelty towards human beings and animals without any censorship. Who would have thought that cows were brutally murdered with chainsaws? Not only are animals immorally tortured, but our fruits and vegetables are also sprayed with chemicals to ripen and prevent bugs; these chemicals are harmful to the human body and the environment. This reveals the companies true aspiration: Money. They don’t really care about the health of individuals; they just want a better profit for themselves. Food inc. has opened my mind to the possibilities of solutions to help the earth and its living organisms. We, as a community, need to buy more local foods and spread the word of these large companies’ wrongdoings. By making people more aware of the situation, we can slowly change the path we are taking and walk towards a better one. We just need to start now.
Deago M.: I think that companies should change how the animals are raised, processed, and sold. They should also change the prices to best serve the community.