So, I'm assuming as a self-respecting Greenie, you've heard of the new documentary Food, Inc. Following in the footsteps of such media as the documentary SuperSize Me, the book and movie Fast Food Nation and Michael Pollan's recent best seller The Omnivore's Dilemma, Food, Inc. seeks to make sure we're all aware of exactly where our food comes from...and in most cases, how gross it is.
The next time you tuck into a nice T-bone, reflect that it probably came from a cow that spent much of its life standing in manure reaching above its ankles. That's true even if you're eating the beef at a pricey steakhouse. Most of the beef in America comes from four suppliers.
The next time you admire a plump chicken breast, consider how it got that way. The egg-to-death life of a chicken is now six weeks. They're grown in cages too small for them to move, in perpetual darkness to make them sleep more and quarrel less. They're fattened so fast they can't stand up or walk. Their entire lives, they are trapped in the dark, worrying.