Sometimes we have to take matters into our own hands and discover the unsaid. That is exactly what two college graduates from Boston did with one acre of corn. They made a documentary film where they exposed to the world what happens in these farms and how most of our foods in America is produced. The film is called King Corn. It was released on October 2007 and directed by Aaron Woolf. The two friends are Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis; they moved from Massachusetts to Iowa– the heartland of just fields and fields of subsidized grains of corn. This is when the mass production takes place! Farmers are just worrying about the amount of money that government is providing them with to produce all the unnecessary piles of corn. Agriculture is no longer done for the family or for the local people, today it is done for business. It is to see whom offers the cheapest prices to give Americans what they want “good” tasting foods for low prices, but in the process they are harming the animals, the environment and mankind.
In the film they demonstrate how food production occurs thanks to the government and the system of supply and demand. We cannot act as if this is only the government’s fault, it is also our fault for either freely choosing to make the choice or simply because one do not have the privilege to pick healthier options. If it was not because of the evils of pesticides and GMOs types of foods, the better options would not be accessible to the underdeveloped communities.
The main ingredient to the system of mass production is high fructose corn syrup which is made from the massive amount of corn planted. “Some—not all—large farms play a hand in contributing to pollution, treating animals inhumanely, disrupting the ecosystem, and producing potentially unhealthy food just to make as much money as possible.”
Animal cruelty within farms is something that has recently caught my attention. Animal products such as dairies are often mass-produced; the farmers do not treat the livestock like animals but more like machines. After the poor animal cannot produce the quantities needed the animals are sent to the slaughterhouse, where they will be cut into different kinds of meats. When their throats are being slit, often times the animals are still conscious. On top of all the injuries and pain they have to go through they are not even properly fed. These innocent animals are abnormally grown and tortured by being kept in small cages, jam-packed sheds or crowded in filthy feedlots. For instance, in the film, King Corn they show a scene where the cows are in feedlots. They are fed the unwanted corn that cannot be sold; for them to grow in a short amount of time. These cows are no longer out in the open grasslands. We need to stop eating so much meat! Meat is unhealthy source of food anyway.
Here in the United States we need to certainly improve our dietary habits because it is causing lots of deaths. More than two-thirds of us are struggling with obesity and other health issues. We have the highest consumptions of sugar, salt and fats.
“Even if we’re on an “all-natural” diet, we’re not safe. Most fruits, veggies, meat and dairy in the store have been grown with pesticides and are genetically modified… Even the most natural foods at the stores probably have some additives, like artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and artificial colorings… Pesticides leave a residue on food. However, non-organic foods are also waxed so that they keep longer. While that’s safe by government standards, it can’t be good to be constantly putting that in our bodies.” -Kristie Eshelman
There is no way to escape pesticides, wax or genetic modification, the only thing we can do is to cut down on meat, sugar and salt. The government has to be more strict on the rules of farming with organically grown products and waxed products.
We have to take care of our environment because our environments affects our health. Pesticides can contribute to air, ground, and water pollution. It can also affect local wildlife. Another thing that can harm our environment are tanneries. Tanneries release elevated levels of lead, cyanide, and formaldehyde into the ground water. If a very high concentration of all these elements combine it can result in cancer– leukemia. Lastly, animal wastes. Usually animal waste is good for crops but not when the animal is not properly fed because they carry pesticides, bacteria and viruses. Then, the wastes pollute our drinking water with high levels of nitrates, which is capable of fatal to infants.
You Can Make a Change!
- Become Vegetarian or better yet Vegan!
- Ask for more Vegan restaurants and to remove veal from their menus
- Ask supermarkets to carry more vegan products.
- Support Animals rights
- Educate others on all these topics discussed!
“Last Chance for Animals – Factory Farming.” Last Chance for Animals – Factory Farming. LCA. Web. 30 Apr. 2016.