“The way we eat has changed more in the last 50 years than in the previous 10,000,” Michael Pollan, a food writer, said in “Food Inc.”
"Food Inc." is a new documentary that exposes malpractices in the industrialization of American food and agriculture. It has been praised as widely persuasive and informative film; Nicholas D. Kristof of the New York Times said, "Go see it, but be warned that you may not want to eat for a week afterward."
The issues that the documentary focuses on are genetic engineering, cloning, factory farming, farm worker protection, environmental impact, foodborne illness, healthy eating, nutritional labeling and pesticides.
According to the Center for Food Safety, in January of 2008 the FDA decided that the meat and milk made from cloned animals were safe for human consumption. Although cloning increases production, it has many unfortunate side effects.
Cloning scientists have warned against cloning because even one small problem has the potential to create food safety issues. While many people might object to cloning, the FDA does not require labeling on cloned food.
All of this comes on the tail of two separate decisions voted on by Congress to withhold the approval of cloned foods until further scientific and health-related studies could be conducted. The Center for Food Safety also reported that 150,000 American citizens wrote letters to the FDA expressing their disapproval over the FDA’s decision.
Both an in-depth look at the film and an outsider’s perspective can be found at the following Web sites: