If you have the opportunity to see this movie, please do! I had the opportunity to view it this past thursday and I am very grateful that I did. The film was overall moving and incredibly enlightening about how the food industry really is not being regulated perhaps with our best interests in mind. And it covers practices that are occurring now, and have been for a while, that could kill us and have killed some. There are a lot of disturbing facts and destructiveness (against animals against consumers and against the poor and those just trying to get ahead in life) in this movie that has my mind reeling a bit.
A few “things” I carried away from the film:
I will continue to grow as much as I can at home. If I cannot grow it I will continue buy only from local farmers who grow organic and raise grass fed beef with no hormones or antibiotics. Chickens that are grass and grain fed, cage free and that are not injected with hormones and antibiotics. The same for pork.
The hardest change of lifestyle for me…
As hard as this is for a tired mama of 3 little kids, I will strive to not feed my children fast food. It truly is an area of our food industry that is there to make money and the leaders and regulators of our food industry are not there to protect us. It appears they are here to protect the 4 power house food producers.
Yes that is right there are 4 gigantic food producers that pretty much control all of the food in the world, very scary. Also a lot of the folks who are our politicians that are supposed to be lobbying for our rights are also on the boards of these major corporations, who can you trust?? Buy locally and be informed about what you are eating. If anything we NEED to protect our children. And we cannot it seems trust the USDA and the FDA to protect us and our families- Can we really trust that they have our best interests in mind if some of those folks are on the boards of the mass food producers as well? Very frightening…very frightening.
**This movie talks about how corn is being fed to cows. Cows are not biologically able to process corn. Instead they are supposed to eat grass and when they are fed corn (it’s cheaper and permits a large number of cows to be squeezed into a small space versus having the need for space to grow grass.) When cows are fed corn, their bodies engineer a strain of E Coli. As you can imagine the implications from this…SEE THE MOVIE-Seriously!
**Chickens are being gentically altered so that they grow bigger breasts, everyone wants their boneless, skinless chicken breast aye? They are also growing them very rapidly with hormones. And they are so heavy and deformed that they can only take about three steps and then they fall to the ground. They shove a huge number of altered chickens into a chicken house that usually has no windows or any extra space for the chickens to roam free.
Not sure where to find restaurants, farmers, markets that don’t support these practices? Go to the Eat Well Guide and enter in your zipcode. It is an awesome resource that provides, “local, sustainable and organic” resources for the consumer.
I am off my soapbox now. Take Care.