In “Food, Inc.,” filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that’s been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. With an impressive line up of food experts and farmers, the film is chalk-full of information. This is a film I could watch time and time again and each time hear something new. Of course I encourage everyone to see the film and formulate their own opinions, and while I could go on and on, here are a few key things I would like to share.
First of all, my favorite part of the film was anytime Polyface Farms and its owner was on screen. I absolutely fell in love with every word that came out of Joel Salatin’s mouth. He was the most intriguing and captivating participant and his simplistic, common sense view on food and food production was refreshing. One thing that really hit home was when he said, “Imagine what it would be if, as a national policy, the idea would be to have such nutritionally dense food that people actually felt better, had more energy, and weren’t sick as much? Now that’s a noble goal!” Yes, it is!
Food, Inc. exposes the incestual relationship between food companies and the government completely disregards the idea of unbiased checks and balances. In 1972, the FDA conducted 50,000 food safety inspections. In 2006, the FDA conducted only 9,164. All I can say is, “WOW!” None of the big name food suppliers in question agreed to participate in the film. They absolutely have something to hide.
When we got in the car and were driving home, Aaron said, “That should be required viewing for all Americans”. I expected that I would feel that way, but was impressed that my boyfriend, who is someone less obsessed with health and nutrition than I, would feel that way.
The main thing to take away from this film is to know what you are eating. Educate yourself and make informed decisions. Do not blindly grab off the supermarket shelf, trusting food companies and what they are telling you. Feel empowered in your eating. Take control over your eating.
Did you know that only a handful of companies control just about the ENTIRE supply of products lining to shelves of the supermarket? It is not always possible to eat perfectly due to financial, geographic or other conditions, but if you are educated about the food you are choosing, you can make the better choice even if it may not be the perfect one. Shop at farmer’s markets whenever possible, buy organic, and READ LABELS. If you don’t know what something means, don’t buy it. Go home, educate yourself on the product and then make a decision.
The Food, Inc. website provides a set of realistic, attainable ways to make a difference in our food supply and “vote with your fork”. This is so important because the content and facts in the movie can feel overwhelming, but these 10 Simple Changes simplify things.
See the movie. Ask questions. Read books and articles from non-biased sources. Arm yourself with knowledge!
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