Frankensteer investigates the dangers to human health posed by feedlot-raised beef — as well as the attempt to cover up this danger, with the beef industry focused on increasing production and reducing manufacturing costs. Very interesting documentary about the dangers of factory farming and overuse of hormones and antibiotics. When you look at the enormous feed lots and the condition that these animals are raised in, it’s appalling. Commercial feed lots are also bad for the environment by poisoning the water table they sit over. This I know about from living in a state that produces beef. The stress generated by the poor living conditions in which these animals are raised requires the extensive use of antibiotics — and hormones so they grow faster — but lead to serious diseases as well which require more antibiotics, etc. From all the antibiotics that are being pumped into them, along with the steroids, how could you not think it would not be passed on to humans. The film covers also the feed given to them — a far cry from their natural diet. What is the cause of this ongoing use of growth hormones (steroids), overdose of anti-biotics and dangerous chemicals, not to mention the feeding of dead cattle parts to live cattle? Money, pure and simple, the real god of the United States, where human health plays second fiddle, if lucky to the racketeering practices of big pharmaceutical companies and the food mafia that throws money into the pockets of the corrupt politicians to look the other way. This is a biased documentary in the sense that the movie advocates for cattle (and livestock, in general) to be less “altered” from their natural state. As the movie states, cattle operations have been experimenting with practices to more efficiently mass produce cattle with little regard to the health of the animal or the consumer. However, the presentation of the content is remarkably neutral. No one can deny BSE or E. Coli or slaughterhouse conditions or the lax regulations of the USA/Canada when compared to Europe. In fact, if you feel this movie is biased, you’re probably in the most need to actually listen to both sides of the argument, especially the opposite side. I am not a vegetarian. I love steak. Yes, this movie, with its best intentions portrays bias, but hey, its subject is the dangers of industrialized food production. Its intent is to inform the viewer, so take the bias with a grain of salt and process the information with logic. I personally don’t want to eat beef that is unclean or poses a risk to my family’s health. My expectations are higher of the beef industry. The power to change the process is ours if we, as consumers, really want change. The best way to make change happen is: 1. Don’t purchase meat you’re unsure of (supply vs. demand) and think before you buy. 2. Make your voice heard — become political. Apathy in consumerism, political interest, and big business lowers the bar. It makes our democratic process ineffective. Consumers want cheap food. If you want to be safe, don’t eat packaged hamburger. I always grind my own, then I know exactly what goes into it, A good quality meat grinder cost less than $100, and they last forever. Better than catching e-coli or mad cow! This documentary is limited in scope and depth with the intent of raising awareness in Canada’s meat eating populous. Other factors should have been included, such as the impact on environment and the health factor of even organically produced meat. The target audience is meat eaters who would have a clear conscience if meat production met higher and safer standards. Obviously this is progress, but the larger issues are not considered. The more I learn about how this big food chain works, the more I limit what comes into my kitchen. After watching this I have to think twice, maybe more, about ever eating beef again. The things they do to that poor animal is just disgusting! Eventually we will pay for eating all the hormonally pumped-up cattle sent to the slaughterhouse. Why eat meat which is potentially dangerous, and why eat it in such great quantities? I’d say go vegetarian at least, go vegan. Enough with the cruelty to the animals, to ourselves and our children. I am not a vegetarian…yet, but I’m pretty sure I started to become a vegetarian during this film. If not that, at least someone who will now buy beef and dairy from family farmers and local producers. Vote with your pocket book, folks! And for heaven’s sake, think before you eat. We have so many other choices at our disposal, and information is readily available. There’s simply no excuse to buy into the Standard American Diet (SAD) anymore. Europeans have the common sense and decency to ban products that are known to be harmful to both animals and humans. As a result, meat and dairy taste completely different from the disgusting, synthetic nuked taste of American food which is full of cancer-causing hormones and chemicals. Not to mention that Europeans look normal and healthy, unlike Americans stuffing their faces with cheap “food”. Genetically modified food is killing Americans, young and old. It’s easy to stop it if everybody just starts complaining. Don’t waste your time writing your congressman – he/she is probably corrupt. Just start e-mailing and calling the food companies and restaurants and tell them you don’t want that poison in your food. We want food like Europe, with no poison in it. Europe doesn’t put up with it, why should the United States? Come on people, are you too lazy and complacent … start complaining now, today … the least you could do right now is send an e-mail to a restaurant and tell them you don’t want genetically modified food anymore. The basic truth of how a burger gets to your bun is about as scary as any apocalypse scenario. Do yourself…do your family… a favor and watch this film! You may not like what you see but, after watching it, you cannot say you didn’t know. And, thereafter, if you decide to drive-thru, well…a lot of people smoke cigarettes too, and know the smokes will kill them some day, so it’s all whether you want to join those ranks. Overall, this is a short informative documentary. Well worth the 44 minutes to view it. This film is an eye opener. It’s a stomach-clenching, heart-aching, and informative documentary that deserves acclaim for putting this information out there. I for one will show this to as many people as I can, which we should all do out of concern for our fellow citizens. Bravo to the makers and financial supporters that made this film possible. This movie makes you think, that in itself is something to celebrate. Documentary Canadian 2006 NR 44 minutes.
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