Thursday, April 29, 2010

Food Inc. Thoughts

Yesterday I watched the PBS POV program FOOD INC.  Wow.  I will NEVER look at food the same way again.

For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, this is just a tiny portion of what the PBS website had to say about the film:

Food, Inc. is a powerful, startling indictment of industrial food production, revealing truths about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.
"Eric Schlosser and I had been wanting to do a documentary version of his book Fast Food Nation, says director Kenner, "and, for one reason or another, it didn't happen. By the time Food, Inc. started to come together, we realized that most of the food in the supermarket had become industrialized just like fast food. Then we realized there's something going on out there that supersedes foods. Our rights are being denied in ways that I had never imagined. And it was scary and shocking.
"But things can change in this country," he adds. "It changed against the big tobacco companies. We have to influence the government and readjust these scales back into the interests of the consumer. We did it before, and we can do it again."
Food, Inc. is a production of Participant Media and River Road Entertainment, distributed by Magnolia Pictures.

I don't have a tremendous amount of time to reflect on it, I just want to encourage anyone who has ever wondered where the meat in their (preferred grocery store) comes from, or what "those ingredients are in bread/ketchup/packaged muffins/processed foods made from", to watch it.

I can tell you it was an eye opening program for me, and I think it's time for THIS family to start buying local at the farmers market.  We have a great farmers market a mile from my home in the greater Richmond area.  And even though it will mean less meat for our family because we're going to be spending a bit more & getting a bit less, I think it's the right thing to do.

If you want more information, check the website:


Jen said...

Thanks for this review. We only eat seafood here tht is wild caught.

Chele said...

Food Inc aside, the farmers market, at least around here, is WAYYY cheaper. I ended up w/ some cherry tomatoes, a mango, a grapefruit and a ton of strawberries for like $8.

Anne said...

We watched this last year and came away with a similar feeling. I'm glad PBS is helping spread the word too. You really don't look at your "food" the same way afterward.