Technocritical quotes from Food Inc.

“There are no seasons in the American supermarket. Now there are tomatoes all year round, grown halfway around the world, picked when it was green, and ripened with ethylene gas. Although it looks like a tomato, it’s kind of a notional tomato. I mean, it’s the idea of a tomato.”

“We are now engineering our foods. We know where to turn to for certain traits like mouth feel and flavor. And we bring all of these pieces together and engineer new foods that don’t stale in the refrigerator, don’t develop rancidity…So much of our industrial food turns out to be clever rearrangements of corn. If you go and look on the supermarket shelf, I’ll bet you 90% of them would contain either a corn or soybean ingredient,and most of the time will contain both…Corn has conquered the world in a lot of ways. 100 years ago, a farmer in America could grow maybe 20 bushels of corn on an acre. Today, 200 bushel is no problem… It’s remarkable how many [foods] can be made from corn. Plus, you can feed it to animals…Cows are not designed by evolution to eat corn. They’re designed by evolution to eat grass. And the only reason we feed them corn is because corn is really cheap and corn makes them fat quickly.”

From the documentary, Food Inc. (2008)

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