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Monday, March 29, 2010

 Are You Too Scared To Eat?

Do you like scary movies? I normally stay far....far away from the scary stuff as possible.The other night however, I found myself in front of my computer with Legend, watching the scariest movie I've seen in the past decade. It had all the makings of a horror flick: wickedly powerful bad guys, gruesome innocent deaths, a citizenry unaware of the disaster just around the corner and just a handful of helpless good guys standing between us and them. The haunting movie? Food Inc.

Food, Inc. is powerful documentary that lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing how our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers, and our own environment.  

The Revolution of Food
The world's food chain is built mainly on heavily subsidized and, therefore, cheap corn. And because supermarkets have become a cornucopia to us as consumers, we have become accustomed to eating whatever we want whenever we want it, in quantities we don't need. I'm guilty. But realize all my life I've been following different experts( books...the media,again!) as they tell me what to eat, what not to eat and what to look down on others for eating. This food is good.That one is bad.Those over there will KILL YOU. Even those of us who avoid junk food, with many sighs of relief and self-approval, may still be eating junk a good deal of the time.

(Just A Side Note)
This reminds me of the popular cartoon series Scooby Doo. Where we as consumers are on many quests to solve (food) mysteries. As we buy, each mystery is new (to us) and unusual, and involves each of us from stopping someone from wreaking certain havoc on the world. And then the mystery becomes solved by the end of each show (in our case, it would involve our health) with the villain proclaiming, "And I would have gotten away with it if it hadn't have been for you kids (consumers)"!
The Result When We've Had Enough
Our health has paid the ultimate price. 

Where The Real Change Begins  
Companies respond to our buying choices. As one supplier says in the film, “People have got to start demanding good, wholesome food of us. And we’ll deliver, I promise you.”  Even a small change can result in more equitable practices.

Disturbing as it is, "Food, Inc." doesn't present some doomsday scenario. People can make a difference, it says: After all, look what happened to Big Tobacco. There are changes we can make. The industry has been slowly taking over our country. Let’s take it back! If you care about your health, or the environment; if you care about human rights, or justice, if you care about food safety, national security, animal rights, sustainability, nutrition, integrity, fairness, or doing what’s right, you (the person reading this blog right now) should see Food, Inc.

I certainly recommend watching the whole documentary - you can even see it for free on Milledrive - but I'm warning you: you will never look at your food the same way again.-Seriously!

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8 comments: on "Are You Too Scared To Eat?"

Debbie said...

I've heard of this movie.

My family were long time farmers, it is just the things you describe in the movie that made my family give up their lives as farmers.

legendswife said...

It's amazing...and scary!

Joanne said...

I watched this a while ago and appreciated it a lot. It has been well over a year, maybe even two, since I've watched anything on video ... this was worth the time it took to watch it.

Thank you for sharing.

In Christ,
Joanne in MO

legendswife said...

Hey your welcome! Thanks for stopping by:)

Tonya @ Live the Adventure said...

We watched this movie with much of the same thoughts that you shared. You are certainly right, the movie is terrifying! At home I was getting into a really good system of buying and eating locally grown, non-processed foods that I was feeling pretty good about but admit that it has been harder on the road to know where to look! Just one of those challenges that we need to overcome!

I do appreciate what you said about people that have learned to make wiser choices looking down on those who don't. Isn't that just life? I believe what we eat is important, our bodies are a temple, we should watch what goes into them but also, like you stated, here in the US we are accustomed to eating what we want, when we want it and it is really difficult to wrap our brains around anything else. To some eating a can of corn at dinner with store bought wheat bread is all they know, to others, the corn has to be locally grown, organic, and the bread must be hand made from your own ground wheat berries to count as a healthy meal. There is a great divide there.

I guess I'm thankful for the little steps we make and pray that we can continue to make changes.

Ok, rants over.:) I really did enjoy reading your thoughts on this powerful movie. If only everyone knew to demand better. I think everyone should watch this movie.

legendswife said...

It was such a great documentary. Now if they come out with another movie I really don't know what my reaction is going to be. (Actually I do. I'll almost pee my pants, become a vegetarian or both)

Earth Mama said...

Oh thanks I will check that out asap! Thanks for letting me know!


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