food, incPosted: August 12, 2011
Since cutting back on meats, I’d like to think I am more aware of the foods I eat in terms of:
1) how good it is for my body
2) how good it is for the environment, and,
3) how good it is for the animals themselves.
So, I admit, that maybe I was a little off for believing this. There is definitely way more to it than that.
The eye opener:
After just watching it, I’m already convinced that everyone else should see it. Perhaps why I’ve already made a point of posting a link on my Facebook. And now onto the blog! Just spreading the word one post at a time ;). Here are a few questions I’d like to summarize for you, so you can be more informed in terms of what the movie covered.
Why was this so captivating for how we eat?
You honestly have no idea where your food is coming from, who is producing it and what companies are busy trying to get rich while hurting others for this food.
This movie brilliantly informs you on where the control is coming from and in what areas (ie: what companies). Let’s just say, that from seeing this, I was shocked at who controls the majority of the meat market. Those farmers you see working away are most likely not working for themselves to sell-off to big companies. Those big companies have the farmers working for them. It really is sad.
What’s so wrong about ‘big’ companies being in control?
Not only are the mass producers of the chicken, beef, poultry and pork taking over control of the whole meat industry, they are trying to shut down anyone who goes against what they’re doing. Introduce the lovely corruption of power, money and more power and money. And, it doesn’t stop in the meat industry, it also applies to honest farmers in other areas as well.
I’m really trying to stress the importance of the flood of information that this movie delivers.
Note: Just to show how corrupt the big meat manufacturers are, they declined interviews for this movie. That alone shows how they can’t ‘man up’ to discuss what they’re doing, because they know it’s wrong…and kind of sad.
How can we make changes?
I know a lot of people may think, ‘oh well, the damage is done.’ No, it’s not – this can be changed. Look at the tobacco industry (which they also referenced to in the movie); they used to have major control, but, look how that industry has dramatically decreased. So, there is hope for our food in the future.
Ten steps you can make today to change the food system (as per the Food, Inc website):
1. Stop drinking sodas and other sweetened beverages.
2. Eat at home instead of eating out.
3. Bring food labeling into the 21st century.
4. Tell schools to stop selling sodas, junk foods and sport drinks.
5. Meatless Mondays – Go without meat one day a week. –>AGREE, AGREE, AGREE!!!
6. Buy organic or sustainable food with little or no pesticides.
7. Protect family farms; visit your local farmers’ market.
8). Make a point to know where your food comes from – READ LABELS!
9. Tell congress that food safety is important to you.
10. Demand job protections for farm workers and food processors, ensuring fair wages and other protections.
**These facts and all other information can be found on the actual Food, Inc website, just click here.**
Maybe it will make you want to see the movie, or maybe it won’t. Maybe it will make you want to make certain changes, and again, maybe it won’t. I know that learning more about the food, the food industry and production of food is something that is important to me an the future of everyone we know and love, so why wouldn’t you want to try and make changes that may lead to a healthier and happier future?
And for those of you who have seen the movie, you know what I mean.
So maybe change a few things? Start checking out that Farmers’ Market that graces your town every Saturday morning. Buy organic when you can…
So we can all live healthily ever after. 🙂 The End.