Do you know where you food really comes from? It’s not where you think, and the answer may surprise you…
Did you know that the average food product travels about 1,500 miles to get to your grocery store? And that transporting food accounts for 30,800 tons of greenhouse gas emissions every year? Or that organic agriculture can offset more than twice the amount of greenhouse gases than conventional agriculture?
As you might have guessed, I am a bit rabid about healthy, local, organic food, and for many reasons, I believe it should be a right for everyone to eat this way, not a privilege for a few. In that vein, next to HOME, I believe Food, Inc. is one of the best movies to hit the mainstream in a long time. Go see it—when it comes to food, ignorance is NOT bliss.
In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA.
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.
We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, insecticide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.
Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield’s Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms’ Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.
The Food, Inc. website is chock full of information about our food, and has links to sites where you can sign petitions for improving school lunch nutrition, banning dangerous pesticides, and more. Check it out on Amazon.
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