It's really an amazing, enlightening and easy to watch film that helps reveal some of the root causes of our societal problems including obesity, diabetes, generally human health, land use, economics, and, even though not explicitly mentioned, links to climate change.
A few interesting stats mentioned in the movie include:
- Iowa alone produces enough corn to feed the U.S.
- The corn produced in Iowa and other Midwestern states is largely used for cattle feed, or as food additives/ingredients and is not really edible or directly consumable by humans
- The average American family spends about 17% of their income on food as compared to thirty years ago when it took about twice as much to feed a family
- Corn has such a low value per bushel that if it were not for government subsidies it would not be profitable to produce.
We need major overhauls in the U.S. of our agricultural, transportation, energy, health care, and educational systems. I can't help but wonder whether we as citizens of the United States are up for this challenge. The first measure will be the upcoming presidential election and the extent to which we all stand up and demand a change.