Monday, April 19, 2010
I Love "Food Inc."
Let me just say, if I can recommend that you do one thing for your health today, this is it: see Food Inc. It is an incredible documentary that WILL change the way you think about the food you put in your body.
The sad question about this all is: Why should you have to watch a DVD or read a book to find out where your food comes from? But, that is where our society has gone. We just don't know what we are putting in our mouths or where it came from anymore. So, let's get educated!
I want to highlight just a couple of my favorite parts of the movie, so you can get a taste of how great it is.
One of the first points they bring out is that there are no longer seasons in the supermarket. It is like tomatoes grow all year long. Not quite. Did you know they use ethylene gas to ripen them and that they are flown in from thousands of miles away. That is not exactly the kind of tomato I want in my salad.
Let's talk about this mantra that seems to go through the heads of the food industry, "Faster, Fatter, Bigger, Cheaper." Chickens grow twice as fast and have 2 times larger breasts than they should. Most never see sunlight and can't even walk because their bones are overwhelmed by the fast and large growth. That is just not right.
So much of our food comes from corn! Who said that was the miracle food? Well, it is super cheap, so of course they love it. They feed it to all the farm animals and even fish! These farm animals are supposed to be eating grass, so they are full of healthy Omega oils.
Sadly, they make unhealthy food really cheap. You can get a whole meal at a fast food chain for 99 cents. But, you cannot even get a few apples for that. That 99 cent meal may seem cheap, but the expense of that food is in our health, society and environment. Is that where you want to be paying for it?
Please do three things for you and your family:
1. Watch Food Inc. You can get it from amazon.com. You can even rent it from your local library.
2. Make a change at the supermarket. You vote with every item that you buy.
3. Go to takepart.com/foodinc and learn more about what you can do to make a difference in getting better food!
If you have seen the movie or read the book, please share your thoughts and what you have done since learning about where our food really comes from!