Monday, November 16, 2009

Movie Review - Food Inc.

Have any of you seen this movie? Well I just watched and I have to say this is one of the best movies I have ever seen. I started out thinking the introduction had great cinematography but that thought quickly passed as, pardon the pun, the movie got into the meat of the story. To watch how our animals are slaughtered and "prepared" for the grocery stores was beyond disgusting. I put "prepared" in parenthesis because there is no other way to describe the blood, feces, and urine the cattle and cut up meat are soaked in before being packaged and making you some cute little chicken nuggets or $1 hamburger. Meat was not only the focus, but also genetically modified food and companies controlling them, organic food lines, immigrant workers, and other food industry topics that you wouldn't expect. The story lines, the authors, the farmers, and the political arenas were so well depicted I couldn't help but want to hear more when the 1 hour and 30 minute movie ended. I admit, I got teary-eyed about 3 times during the film. I never really thought I would be an advocate for PETA as I believe man has dominion over animals, but the horrific treatment is too much and must be stopped. This film is beyond educational; it is philosophically enlightening. If you haven't seen it go out and rent it ASAP.

At the end of the film it gave you a website to find out more and to challenge you to educate yourself and others. I found this great list on the site and had to share it with you.

10 Simple Things You Can Do To Change Your Food System:

1. Stop drinking sodas and other sweetened beverages. You can lose 25 lbs in a year by replacing one 20 oz soda a day with a no calorie beverage (preferably water).

2. Eat at home instead of eating out. Children consume almost twice (1.8 times) as many calories when eating food prepared outside the home.

3. Support the passage of laws requiring chain restaurants to post calorie information on menus and menu boards. Half of the leading chain restaurants provide no nutritional information to their customers.

4. Tell schools to stop selling sodas, junk food, and sports drinks. Over the last two decades, rates of obesity have tripled in children and adolescents aged 6 to 19 years.

5. Meatless Mondays—Go without meat one day a week. An estimated 70% of all antibiotics used in the United States are given to farm animals.

6. Buy organic or sustainable food with little or no pesticides.
According to the EPA, over 1 billion pounds of pesticides are used each year in the U.S.

7. Protect family farms; visit your local farmer's market. Farmer's markets allow farmers to keep 80 to 90 cents of each dollar spent by the consumer.

8. Make a point to know where your food comes from—READ LABELS. The average meal travels 1500 miles from the farm to your dinner plate.

9. Tell Congress that food safety is important to you. Each year, contaminated food causes millions of illnesses and thousands of deaths in the U.S.

10. Demand job protections for farm workers and food processors, ensuring fair wages and other protections.

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