The 1973 movie "Soylent Green" has become an ongoing joke in pop culture reference, receiving nods in comedy shows like "Futurama," "News Radio" and "Saturday Night Live." The movie dramatized a futuristic scenario where overpopulation and food crises force the food industry into developing interesting alternatives to traditional crop methods. In other words: They start feeding people human meat.
The movie closes with the tantalizing cliffhanger: "Soylent Green is people! We've gotta stop them somehow!" Whether that aim is ever achieved is unknown, but apart from the cannibalism, do the food industry secrets sound familiar?
On the next page, we'll explore some of the dubious choices made by the food industry in our own heavily populated world.