Tuesday, August 9, 2011
I have been very eager for Heather to watch Food Inc. As a lover of both the enviroment and animals, and an advocate for healthy eating...I always thought it was something she should see.
I watched this a couple of years ago. And it is one of the reasons that when I can buy organic I do. It is why I buy organic milk and organic eggs.
The movie is NOT pro-vegetarian, it's not PETA propoganda. It is not republican or democrat (it even goes to specifically name names on both sides of the aisle). If I had to sum it up in one sentence, the movie is about some of the moral and ethical problems with our food system. Not just animals, but crops, seeds, farmers, the FDA.
There is one problem with the movie though. It's not for everyone...because not everyone wants to change. Once you watch it, you have to do better. Once you know better, you do better.
So after going to our local library to check it out, we sat down on Sunday night to watch it. Heather cried off and on throughout the movie. I hadnt expected that. And...she's been a little grumpy ever since...because the movie presents some problems with our goverment and regulations pertaining to our food that aren't an easy fix. But like I told her...we DO get a choice. We WILL do better.
So if you have the time and want to, I encourage you to watch it. It's actually showing on PBS tonight...so check your local listings if you are here in the States.
I was talking to someone about this today and she said "Yeah but, that's what the chickens and cows are raised for...to be eaten". And I totally agree. But it is HOW they are raised that is important.
Have any of you seen the movie Temple Grandin? It's an amazing movie starring Claire Danes. And it's true. Temple was born with autism in the 1960's, long before anyone really understood all of its facets. She ended up creating and designing a more humane feedlot system. And she said "Just because nature is cruel, we don't have to be".
Cows weren't meant to eat corn. They were meant to eat grass. You know what happens when they eat corn? They get sick. Think E.coli. And how do they treat that? Antibodics. And those come to us. It used to take chickens 68 days to be ready for slaughter. Now with drugs...they grow faster and bigger.
And do you know one of the problems with that? The breasts are now so big that their legs cannot support the weight. Many of the chickens can only walk a few feet and then have to lay down. That's if their legs don't break first.
I remember in college when they first released the undercover video of T.Y.S.ON. chicken farms. I was so heartbroken that I refused to eat that brand anymore...which means no K.F.C...since they are their supplier. However, I didnt realize that also meant Taco Bell. Same company.
So it gets tricky.
I just read an awesome book called Food Rules. I will share that with you tomorrow since I have been on my soapbox long enough already.
This is just going to be a huge push for me to eat healthier and make healthier choices. It has nothing to do with the scale.
This part is at the end of the movie, and the way they present it, with "This land is your land" playing in the background, always makes me cry.
Things You Can Do
You can vote to change this system . Three times a day .
Buy from companies that treat workers, animals, and the environment with respect.
When you go to the supermarket, choose foods that are in season. Buy foods that are organic. Know what’s in your food. Read labels.
The average meal travels 1,500 miles from the farm to the supermarket. Buy foods that are grown locally. Shop at farmers’ markets. Plant a garden. (Even a small one.)
Cook a meal with your family and eat together.
Everyone has a right to healthy food. Make sure your farmers’ market takes food stamps. Ask your school board to provide healthy school lunches.
The FDA and USDA are supposed to protect you and your family. Tell Congress to enforce food safety standards and re-introduce Kevin’s Law.
If you say grace, ask for food that will keep us and the planet healthy.
You can change the world with every bite.
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Posted by Amy W. at Tuesday, August 09, 2011