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Name _________________________________________________

Date _____________
Honors EESMr. Dillman

The Meatrix Trilogy

Period ____________

The Meatrix I
1. What is The Meatrix? The lie we tell ourselves about where our food comes from
2. What is a factory farm? A factory farm is where most eggs, milk, and meat come from.
3. What happens to the animals on a factory farm? Animals are packed as closely together as possible
to maximize profit
4. Why are the animals given antibiotics? What is the problem with this? They get really sick easily; it
causes resistance
5. What is happening to family farms? Theyre disappearing, and being replaced with factory farms.
The Meatrix II: Revolting
1. What has happened in regards to sustainable eating in the past few years? People are starting to
choose better products
2. What happens to cows in dairy factories? Theyre kept in tight quarters and mistreated for profit
3. What is rBGH? Why is it given to cows? Its an artificial growth hormone to make them produce
more milk
4. What happens to the calves? Theyre taken from their mothers and fed by stuff made in part from
cows blood
5. What can be caused by this? Mad cow disease
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At this factory, how many cows can be processed in single day? 5,000 cows
What often happens to the workers in the processing factories? They get injured
__________Profit_____________ is the name of the game.
As a job, meat-packing is ___________very dangerous___________.
Due to the speed of the processing, what gets all over the meat? What bacteria does this
substance contain? What problems can this cause? Feces, E. Coli, Disease

The Meatrix 360 Interactive Go to the following section of the site (or type/paste in this link:
http://www.themeatrix.com/educate ). Then Click on Meatrix Interactive 360 then Roll-over and click
on the different parts of the scene. Read and describe any 10 of the words below:
1. The precautionary principle This states that if we think something is harming us, we should stop it
2. Feed Cows are often fed byproducts and antibiotics when they should be fed grass/grains.
3. Policy & legislation
4. Health
5. Community The closer to a factory farm a house is, the less valuable it is
6. Family farms Family farms are small scale farms that use sustainable farming methods
7. Cows
8. Milk
9. Processing After cows can no longer make milk, they go to slaughter
10. Workers Workers are exposed to hazardous conditions and many have been injured or killed on
the job
11. Downer cows Dead cows that can cause infection and disease
12. Pesticides
13. Antibiotics Antibiotics are fed to cows to make them grow larger and produce more milk
14. rBGH
15. agribusiness
16. waste recycling
17. waste waste is often over applied to fields
18. water pollution Run off from factory farms has killed many fish

Name _________________________________________________
Date _____________
Honors EESMr. Dillman

The Meatrix Trilogy

Period ____________

Write: Before viewing these videos, how much did you know about agribusiness? What was some new
information you learned from these videos? What is the goal of these videos? Do you think these videos
will change how you eat? Why/why not?