Without listing every detail, the Super Size Me sequel goes over in detail the marketing of healthy options to the masses, intent on creating a healthy fast food item that will actually sell, and finding the cheapest way to mass-produce said item for the smallest possible cost to maximize profits. There are trigger words about food that sound healthy but mean nothing, such as “organic,” “hormone-free,” and even “free-range.” Doesn’t all that just sound healthy?
Lastly, there’s the corporatization of U.S. farming, which to me is the most alarming bit of information Spurlock presents first hand. The chicken you buy from the supermarkets and fast-food restaurants come from one of five national chicken producers, or as called in the documentary “Big Chicken.” Big Chicken has its massive thumb pressing down on the small-town chicken farmers and holds the livelihood of these farmers in its hand. Today, family farms are going into bankruptcy as well as being penalized with heavy consequences for any whistleblowers or those who provide aid to a documentary crew led by say…Morgan Spurlock.
“…where he is valuable is his thorough research into the fast-food industry…”
At the end of the day, I’m all about information. I don’t always agree with Spurlock’s politics, but where he is valuable is his thorough research into the fast-food industry, like every American, including myself, so freely handing over hard-earned dollars for a convenient, yet filling meal. If you know what you’re shoving down your throat, then you have no excuses when your health takes a nosedive.
Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken is not only informative in the same way Super Size Me was, but his story about opening a fast-food restaurant and the journey he took to get there is entertaining and telling. There is a problem with the food we ingest, and there is also a problem with the U.S. farming industry as well. Documentarians like Spurlock are essential in bringing the mysteries of our food to light. Now I’m hungry. Someone get me a burger.