Frightening Revelations About Where Our Food Comes From

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In the past 50 years, a few big companies have moved our food supply from small, idyllic farms to large-scale industrial operations.In 2008, filmmaker Robert Kenner produced Food, Inc to examine where our food comes from.  

The documentary is available for live stream on Netflix. We picked out the highlights. 

Since 1950, the average chicken is raised and slaughtered in half the time, but weighs twice as much.

Source: Food, Inc.

In 1996, only 2% of soybeans were genetically altered to resist pesticides. Today, 90% of soybeans are altered.

Source: Food, Inc.

The top four beef suppliers, Tyson, Swift, Cargill and National Beef, controlled 80% of the global market. As of late 2011, Swift was trying to acquire National Beef.

Source: Food, Inc.

The typical chicken grower with two houses has borrowed $500,000 for equipment but makes $18,000 a year, keeping them indentured to the big companies they work for.

Source: Food, Inc.

100 years ago, a farmer could grow 20 bushels of corn an acre. Today, they each grow 200.

Source: Food, Inc.

Ketchup, cheese, charcoal, batteries and Motrin are all corn products.

Source: Food, Inc.

Products like jelly, burgers, aspirin and fries contain high fructose corn syrup.

Source: Food, Inc.

The average American family buys 200 pounds of meat per-person every year. That's 800 pounds of meat for a family of 4.

Source: Food, Inc.

Many cows stand ankle-deep in their own manure all day. Unsanitary conditions and an unnatural diet of corn have led to the prevalence of the deadly bacteria E. coli o157.

Source: Food, Inc.

The average pound of ground beef can contain pieces from one thousand cows.

Source: Food, Inc.

Source: Food, Inc.

The average U.S. supermarket has 47,000 products.

Source: Food, Inc.

Don't be fooled by organic labels: Kellog owns Kashi, PepsiCo owns Naked Juice and Kraft owns Stacy's Pita Chips.

Source: Food, Inc.

At least 70% of processed foods contain Genetically Modified organisms, including the ones listed below. GMOs are controversial because the long-term effect they have on the human body is unknown.

Source: Food, Inc.

In the 1970's, there were thousands of slaughterhouses. Today, 13 produce a majority of beef consumed.

Source: Food, Inc.

In 1972, the USDA conducted 50,000 food safety investigations. In 2006, they performed 9,164.

Source: Food, Inc.

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