Over the course of the past two years, or so, I’ve really been reading up on food both through books and via the web. Trying to understand how the food is processed that I’m putting into my body. Maybe it’s because I really enjoy cooking, and I’m by no means a chef. I do believe that I’m pretty mindful of what I put into my body, but where that food comes from is what I’ve been looking into. It’s also why in previous posts i’ve talked about the idea of trying to grow my own veggies, why I want to learn to pickle, partly why I took up fishing again. I do my best to support my local farmers and shop at my farmer’s market for my produce. Buy Fresh, Buy Local. Still I find that during these lean economic times, the more I can do at home, the better.
I’ve had an idea from a film that was going to look into food, from family farms to factory farms. I didn’t want to go for shock value of slaughter house imagery, but I did want to investigate if organic is really all it’s cracked up to be, or the idea of cage free for example. The project seemed so daunting and my head would spin as I tried to figure out the best way to distill down the research into something that would be informative and entertaining. Well, as usual, someone else had the same idea and beat me to the finish line. At the very least it validates my own idea. The name of the movie is called Food Inc. Their website is a great resource for action and it best describes the film:
“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.”
I haven’t seen the film yet, and am waiting to go see it, unfortunately it’s not showing in my area as of yet. If you do get the opportunity to see it, please post a comment and let me know what you thought of it or of this topic in general.