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Food Inc,

“You'll Never Look
At Dinner the Same Way”

Search This Site: When I first saw the movie, Food Inc. I was shocked to learn of the deception in the food industry.

Many of us feel pretty good about our food safety when shopping at our supermarkets.  But underneath the veil of “farm fresh” signs and packaging lies a shocking reality. Some of the issues covered in the Food Inc. are:

  • our food supply is now controlled by just a few corporations
  • profit is more important than safety and health
  • farmers are being bullied out of existence
  • unhealthy factory farms, not green pastures
  • new strains of e coli causing illness and death
  • government subsidies make processed foods cheaper than fresh foods
  • genetically modified meats
  • genetically engineered vegetables
  • ”Round-Up Ready” seeds

Many of us are trying to make healthy choices on a shrinking budget. It's easy to get sucked into buying cheap processed food and fast food dollar menus items.

chemicals and pesticides in our food

It's getting tougher to eat healthy with all of the GMO food and the overwhelming amount of chemicals in food.  I think this explains the recent popularity in organic food and home gardening.

Once you see what's really going on in the food industry, it's easy to understand why obesity and diabetes are reaching epidemic levels in the US.

Healthy Chicken Dinner?

Your chicken dinner with corn on the cob and a tossed salad sure sounds like your serving healthy choices in your household.  However, it's quite likely that your chicken was factory farmed where they are raised in inhumane conditions that facilitate the spread of disease.

It's probably been genetically modified to have more breast meat. Unless you have bought your corn and salad fixing from your local farmer's market and can validate its quality, its most likely been genetically modified and treated with numerous chemicals.

So while this meal seemed to be nutritionally healthy, the production of the food has not only significantly diminished its healthful benefits but has also altered the food with harmful chemicals.

Food Inc. Ideas On What You Can Do

We as consumers have to start taking responsibility for our own health and welfare. Relying on bureaucrats and government institutions is not always in our best interest. Follow the money trail, do your homework and you'll see what I mean.

I've heard experts say it only takes 20% of consumers to start changing how they spend their food dollars for manufacturers to take notice of the consumers changing demands.

That's what happened with the milk industry. Now almost every gallon of milk says that it is rBGH and rBST free, because consumers voted with their dollars. So vote for change by using your food dollars to buy healthier foods.

Seek out local farmers that practice good sustainable farming and rely on consumers like us to stay in business. Can't find your local Farmer's Market, see the Additional Resources below.

  • Watch or purchase the movie, Food Inc.
  • You can watch the movie for free by clicking on the link below under "Other Suggestion".  Or see if your local library has it on file.

    If it's not available for free through either of these sources, I would highly suggest you get your own copy by clicking on the image to the right. 

    Watching this movie really helped me to understand the connection that food has on our health.  I started to get serious about the food I was feeding my family. 

    Once you've watched it, share it with your family and friends.  If we don't share this information, we will continue to accept the poor choices in food that are being offered in our supermarkets.

    Food Inc. is a movie every adult should see, but watch it first before deciding if it's appropriate for your younger children.  Real life on the farm can make the little ones a bit uncomfortable.

  • Read the book Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
  • Read the book The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
  • Other suggestions:

    Don't be disheartened, we can still find healthy food choices if we make good nutrition a priority.

    Additional Resources

    Search Local Harvest for a Farmer's Market in your area.

    GMO Foods

    Organic Foods

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