Barbara is an activist for food safety. She is on Capitol Hill because she is trying to get a law passed that stops the production of unsafe meats and produce. This resulted when Barbara’s son, Kevin, got e. coli due to eating unsafe meat and died in 12 days. 23. Why doesn’t the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shut down unsanitary food processors? The FDA doesn’t shut down unsanitary food processors because they have lost a lot of funding, as well as the control of their system.
24. What is the food industry’s usual response to pressures to produce safer foods? Lawsuits are the food industry’s usual response. Usually anyone who speaks up condemning the food industries practices are acquitted through long and expensive legal battles. 25. Why are unhealthful foods often cheaper than healthy foods? Unhealthier foods are often cheaper because those are the ones we are subsidizing. All those unhealthy food calories are the ones that come from the commodity crops 26. What is the best economic predictor of obesity according to this film? The rise in fast food restaurants, and how many there are is an economic predictor. 27. What three tastes does the food industry focus upon? Sweet, Salt, and Fat. 28. What ratio of adult Americans will develop Type 2 Diabetes? What is the rate among minorities? 1 in 3 Americans will develop Type 2 Diabetes (1:3). 1 in 2 minorities will develop Type 2 Diabetes (1:2). 29. What kind of worker does the largest slaughterhouse in America primarily employ? Why? Slaughterhouses are very dangerous and pay low wages mainly immigrants (Latinos) work here because as an immigrant it can be difficult to find a safe and well paying job. 30. How do these workers know that the slaughterhouses are hiring their category of employee? Often there will be trucks transporting these people from work and back to home, so they know who else is going to work with them. 31. Why are meat packing workers being arrested? Why are their employers not being arrested? Meat packing workers are being arrested because they are the ones doing the heavy lifting, the companies are very powerful. Some companies make deals with the immigration people and say that they can get rid of a certain amount of workers a day.
32. How many people can the average farmer feed today? What was the ratio 110 years ago? The average farmer can feed 126 people. It used to be the farmer fed 6-8 people.
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