Let Them Eat (genetically engineered) Cake

About the food industry, not in a nice way

Plotting points

Posted by jeanne on June 17, 2007

Suzie gets a job in the customer service department at the health foods division of Mega Food Brands International. She answers questions based on a script the computer throws up on the screen. She has a soothing voice, and customers believe her, even tho the scripts sound somewhat false to her. Nobody in her department questions anything.

Suzie has a bunch of friends with radical opinions. She hides her job at Mega Food Brands from them, because they think it’s an evil corporation.

Suzie meets a guy who works in the flavor lab, and discovers that everything boils down to chemicals.

She invites her coworker to dinner, where he goes thru her pantry and the trash of the dinner preparations, and shows her and her friends what they’ve been eating. Suzie’s friends decide that flavors and chemicals are bad.

Suzie develops food allergies and learns to read labels.

A character at Mega Food Brands, high up in the food chain, is working on a way to remove raw ingredients from food, to increase the bottom line, streamline production, and avoid the inconvenience of the challenges in growing and manufacturing. This character is concerned with having a clean label, and hiding the fact that there is no meat or vegetable matter in this new kind of food. It will be marketed in the health food division.

Suzie gets sicker and sicker at work. One of the benefits of working at the global hq of Mega Food Brands is that the employees get a free lunch. The cafeteria is really a laboratory, and they are testing the food on the employees. while suzie finds the food yummy, it makes her ill.

An outbreak of e-coli is traced to one of the big 4? meat manufacturers, and the industry solution is irradiation. A huge outcry ensues nationwide, with a growing back to basics movement demanding cleaning up of industry practices. Mega Food Brands steps in and offers another solution – instafood, artificially processed food. The idea is kept secret from the public, but the meat producers go for it because they can deliver spoiled and diseased meat to the production factory that turns out unrecognizable derivatives, increasing profts to both. Farmers also go for it because they can grow a single crop of genetically modified corn, wehat or soy, and it can be turned into anything.

The meat and agriculture industries further consolidate, driving out the last of the family farmers, creating more contractor farmers, and eliminating all but approved gm seed and genetically engineered animals. Pesticides increasingly taint food.

Suzie’s friends decide to sabotage the process, to call attention to industry malpractice. They debate how to best do this – cause an outbreak of contaminated food – which food, how. So many routes are available, choose any spot in the vertically integrated (seed to table) industry. Food borne illness. A discussion about responsibility and the possibility of killing people.

How to show all the various ways the food supply is being tainted and destroyed.

When a food outbreak occurs, it is blamed on imported chinese food, so we get to see how pesticides, additives and adulterants are used outside of USDA regulations, which are weak enough.

Inside the FDA and USDA, these supposed watchdog branches of the US government are dominated by industry, and serve industry interests rather than the good of the people.

 

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