As you guys know, I watched “Food, Inc.” the other night. Actually, I have watched it twice now because I wanted to make sure I absorbed as much as I could. I think if I watched it again, I’d likely pick up something else I missed the first two times.
Anyway, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the movie, “Food, Inc.” is a film that explores the relationship between our food supply and the big corporations that control it all. It also tells the stories of farmers who are forced to borrow money and not make much in return. And a woman fighting for stricter government standards after her son died from E Coli.
There’s so much more to it than that but I thought it would be better for me to stop there and just share my thoughts with you:
First, I became a vegan for health reasons as I’ve mentioned several times. But this movie was really the first time I had watched something that showed animals being led to their deaths. I was horrified.
What really got me was the assembly line of baby chickens. This happened in the first five minutes of the movie and I cried. There were a few more instances like this in the film but it wasn’t the primary focus, in case you were afraid to watch it for that reason.
Here are some things I learned from the film that I didn’t know before:
- Even if you don’t eat fast food, you are still eating meat from one of the “big” companies (4 companies control 80% of the beef in America)
- The average American eats 200 lbs of meat per year!
- There are only 13 slaughterhouses in the U.S., where all of the meat here comes from.
- Cows are meant to eat grass but they are fed corn because it is cheap and makes them fatter quicker.
- The FDA has reduced it’s number of inspections over the years, big time!
I really enjoyed the commentary by Michael Pollan. I have not yet read his books but he came to visit my workplace a year or so ago and I got the chance to hear him speak. The man knows a lot about food!
I also had an “Oh, great!” moment when I saw the farmer from McLean County, KY. I didn’t even know the place existed but I looked it up and it’s more Western KY, like where Josh’s grandma lives.
Anyway, that guy seemed to care more about making money than anything. It was sad. Especially considering it’s in my state.
I also found it disappointing that the big companies all declined to be interviewed for the film. I would have liked to hear their side of the story but I guess if they won’t even comment, then I just have to assume what they are reporting on in this film is true. They obviously have something to hide.
I already don’t eat meat but one thing I could stand to do more of is shop at Farmer’s Markets. The “season” is coming to a close soon for most markets but I found one here in Louisville that is open until mid-December so I thought I would try to get out there before it closes.
I also remembered a market that I’d been too with my parents a few times which has a lot of local goods, so I think I will make a trip out there as well.
Next summer, when all the markets are back open, I hope to get all of my produce from there!
It will be a gradual process but I hope to also convert some of my purchases to organic. I’d been hesitant in the past due to cost, but since I avoid meat and dairy products in order not to consume hormones or antibiotics, why not hold my the food I do eat to the same standards?
I really enjoyed the film and it really made me think and realize that while I care a lot about being healthy and vegan, I need to be more conscious of where all of my food is coming from and what is in it.
“You can change the world with every bite.”
Have you seen this movie? What did you think?
There is so much more to it than the little bit I covered here. I hope you will rent it and see for yourself. Have a great day!