Big Business and Your Belly

I sat down and watched Food, Inc. this evening. Doing so during dinner may not have been the wisest choice, but honestly, it’s not so much the visuals that turn your stomach but the way big business has a grip on your health.

Look, I know chicken farming and slaughterhouse operations are no picnic, especially for the animals. I’m willing to accept there are better ways to do these things, and wherever possible I vote with my wallet. My wife and I know locally-grown food tastes better and is better for us, and that’s what we try to stick to for both ourselves and our children. We can’t afford to hit Fresh Market every time we shop, but at least we can pick and choose at Wal-Mart. The end of the movie acknowledges that voting with our wallets is starting to make a difference.

But it’s really not enough, and there’s a lot of shady things going on. To me the movie isn’t so much about the evils of capitalism as it is the ease with which we allow big business to take advantage of it. As usual, on paper it’s a great philosophy, but then people get involved and it all falls apart. Congressmen vote on things they don’t even understand, so they just go with big business and the big bucks because that’s where all the weight is.

I was going to have a long rant, but really, it’s not that interesting and the movie speaks for itself. If you’re on Netflix, it’s available to Watch Instantly. If not, at least track it down at Blockbuster or something. Educate yourself. Yeah, there’s a bit of an environmentalist agenda there, but it’s not hard to see through it and get the idea that some things need to change.

I was going to watch Super Size Me next, but I think I’ll save that for another night. I don’t want to be put off food for good just yet.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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