Tuesday, June 3, 2014

TOW#29: Documentary Rhetorical Analysis- Food Inc.

Food Is Not Real Anymore

Where do you think your burger came from? No not the restaurant, but where it actually came from. Food Inc. portrays the idea that the food we eat is not a "real" as people may assume. There are no farms but factories creating our food on assembly lines. Animals are being mistreated and chemicals are being spread all over the plants to create the "perfect" and best-tasting crop. People should stick to organic foods because it supports pesticide-free crops and goes against animal abuse.

How is it that fruits and vegetables are in season all year round? Chemicals. Crops are genetically engineered to taste good and look appealing. In the documentary, it shows footage of massive machines harvesting crops, which is fine. But it shows the chemicals sprayed onto fruits and vegetables to get rid of bugs and make it taste delicious. Putting chemicals in our food is wrong. It may have beneficial intentions but it actually has harmful effects such as food poisoning. This exemplifies the idea that grown food should not be chemically engineered.

So how are the animals treated? Animals are treated horrendously. Chickens, for example, are abused, thrown around, and kept in dark dens their entire lives. They live in tight spaces and barely have room to live in. They become so overweight that they can only move a few steps and then collapse back down. Chickens should not be handled this way. Similarly cows and pigs are treated worse. They live in tighter spaces and usually have to live in their own feces. They are fed corn to fatten them up. Cows are supposed to eat grass, so eating corn is bad for them. Animals should not be treated this way despite the fact that they are going to be eaten anyway.

Food Inc. showed a whole new world about where food really comes from. Farms are actually factories and animals are treated immorally. The way food is produced should be changed for not only the food, but for the people consuming it. Think about what you are eating.

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