Critical Thinking Questions

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1. Do animals have the right to a certain quality of life?

2. In the film, food science professor Larry Johnson says, “If you go and look on
the supermarket shelf, I’ll bet you 90 percent of [the products] would contain
either a corn or soybean ingredient. And most of the time, it’ll contain both.”
Why might it be a problem that the majority of our food is made mostly from
just corn and soybeans—so that nearly everything we eat contains them?
(Responses might include it being unhealthy because our bodies need more
variety, or our food system being in danger if those crops develop a pest or
other problem.)

3. Many of us were surprised to learn that corn is so prevalent in our foods. Why
do you think we were so surprised? Do you think the government and food
producers have kept it a secret? Why don’t more people know this fact?

4. Whose responsibility do you think it is to inform us about what is in our food?
Is it our responsibility to find out, the producer’s responsibility to make it more
clear, or both? Why do you think so?

5. In the film two-year-old Kevin Kowalcyk, died from an E. coli 0157:H7 infection. Who do you think is responsible for his death?

6. You are a salesperson at the restaurant who sold the hamburger to Kevin’s
mom. Are you responsible?

7. You are the meat distributor who sold the meat to the restaurant. You weren’t
aware that the meat was contaminated. Are you responsible?

8. What about the federal court judges who said that the government doesn’t
have the authority to shut down a meatpacking plant that repeatedly fails...

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