By Belen Edwards & Giselle Rivard
After opening with the trailer for Food Inc., student presenter Juliette Fischer launched straight into a presentation about livestock abuse and the problems in the food industry, saying“The food industry cares more about money than the animals.”
Fischer discussed the advantages and disadvantages of advertisements concerning food, talking about the ideas of fiction vs. reality: green fields, happy cows, and barns are most likely propaganda. “The truth,” she says, “is quite different.”
She touched on the problems facing each kind of animal used as food. “Cows are not designed to eat corn,” she says, “but they are fed it anyway, which may cause diseases.” According to her, “chickens are remodeled to be fatter,” which prevents the chicken’s bone structure from providing enough support. Finally, she mentioned how pigs spend over 95% of their lives in small enclosures that cause stress.
Fischer’s final message was simple: you can help too. Whether you read labels of food and buy certified organic products, reduce your meat consumption, or raise awareness, Fischer says “every little bit helps.”
Written by students at WIS