Food Inc. debuted in Texas last week. The producers of the movie talk about a "curtain" that's been deliberately placed between consumers and the meat they are eating. "The industry doesn't want you to know the truth about what you're eating. Because if you knew, you might not want to eat it," the narrator says.
Meat companies didn't allow the movie makers inside their processing plants to film. (Hmm, I wonder why?) While I'm a little tired of the scare tactics about food, I am in complete agreement with the idea that consumers need to respect the animals they are eating and see them as something other than little styrene packages in the grocery store.
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That's part of the reason I wrote about Beef 101 class at Texas A&M in the feature "Not So Clear Cut." While I was taking the class, I brought a video camera with me inside the slaughterhouse and to the meat-cutting floor and videotaped the process. If you want to remove the "curtain" between you and the meat you are eating, have a look.