Saturday, January 23, 2010

Food, Inc: A Must See Movie!

I just watched Food, Inc. and I am really glad I did. When Lori and I lived in Spain I grew to know what foods grow in what seasons. For instance, there were certain months when we ate a lot of strawberries, Some months we ate fresh cherries, at other times roasted chestnuts were in order. When these foods were in season they were juicy and delicious, and when they were out of season they were prohibitively expensive and not that good. If you wanted to order meat or fish the butcher would have a large part or entire animal in front of them and would cut off the portion that you asked for. Some times it was kind of gross, but I appreciated knowing that when I asked for chicken I could see that it really was chicken. Since, we moved back to the United States in 2007 I have been really appalled at the lack of freshness and poor quality of the food.

In the states we have turned food into just another capitalistic venture without fully weighing the cost. Originally this came out of a noble desire to make sure that we produced enough food for everyone so that no one would go hungry. However, over the years the noble intentions intentions have been replaced with an unfettered journey on the path of greed.

Our country has sold us a lie of inexpensive food, but it has done so at a very great cost. We are seeing one of the most unhealthy generations of Americans the USA has ever seen and one of the root causes are the kinds of "foods" we eat. These foods are harvested in such a way that they put an unnecessarily heavy toll on the environment through over fertilization (which is a petroleum based product) not to mention through being a monoculture (corn). The companies that are producing these "foods" are not only exploiting their workers but contributing to injustices on foreigners by hiring undocumented workers. They do this so that their workers have no legal recourse and no voice to speak out about how they are being treated.

One of the best quotes I took from this movie was a farmer who caught my attention when he said:

"A culture that just uses a pig as a pile of protoplasmic inanimate structure, to be manipulated by whatever creative design the human can foist on that critter, will probably view individuals within its community, and other cultures in the community of nations, with the same type of disdain and disrespect and controlling type mentalities." -Joel Salatin

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