Thursday, July 23, 2009

New Banner for a New Cause!

As is definitely noticeable, I have a new banner! It's pretty self-explanatory, so I'm going to leave you to figure how what its all about (and click on it!)

So our little party did go see Food Inc. last night in the cool little theatre. I'm not a pro on documentaries, so I dont have a lot to say on how well done it was, but I thought it was great. Everyone should go see it. And every one of those people should take another person who hasn't ever heard of it, as I get the feeling that most of the people that will actually notice and see the film as it is are already converted. Check here for screening times and places. Sorry Alaska, you don't get anything.

All the things I liked from The Omnivore's Dilemma had a presence in the movie, as well as a few other things.

- The American food industry as we know it is pretty much Fast Food. No emphasis is ever placed on quality or nutrition, only quantity and low cost. In the production of food products (and it really does become a product instead of food, food is way more personal than this stuff)
- Workers are given shoddy pay in dangerous environments. However, the specific job of each person is so simplified that any one is instantly replaceable should they have an issue.
- Workers (b). Chicken companies like Tyson hire illegal immigrants that work for insanely cheap and then pay the police to only arrest 15 of them every day. So in effect they produce our food for us for years before getting sent home with nothing.
- Forcing livestock to conform to industrialized forms of production is causing new forms of bacteria that can totally kill us in a matter of days. Switching cows to grass for their last 5 days of life would eliminate 80% of the possibility of E. Coli in beef. Instead of that, the beef gets a lovely chlorine bath. Yay.

The last freebie is this one: 70% of hamburger meat in the USA contains ammonia-laced filler to kill the potential E. Coli. Instead of feeding cows grass, that green stuff they've eaten for 2,000 in the fields, to avoid a problem, we're causing a problem and then trying to solve it by injecting chemicals into it. Think about that when you're next hamburger.

And this doesn't even go into the nasty conditions of the animals, the destitute farmers that sell to the meatpacking/distributors, or that FDA is totally in the pocket of these abusive food companies, many of which used to work or run them before getting a government position.

However, you can do something about it! And I don't mean to become a vegan, because that would be terribly boring. But what you CAN do is buy as much food as you can outside this structure. You can buy food from local farms or at farmer's markets. You can eat that processed junk and eat more real food. You can vote for transparency in the system. All those good things!

If you're like me and have no idea how to get local food, you can check out and see what's available in your area. It'll be more expensive, but that's the whole point. Better food now for a better life later.

Here's the first 3 and a half minutes from the movie. Excuse the creepy music.


Anonymous said...

Wow! 3 1/2 minutes watching one biased production and you now know everything about the global conspiracy that is the food production industry. I'm not sure how any of us that purchase our food from supermarkets live to a ripe old age. cooldad

CoolBoy said...

Well, it's been getting worse as time goes on, it wasn't this bad when you were a kid.

But it can't be denied that the quality of the things we eat have definitely been deteriorating, to suppose that decline won't cause problems in health later on would be a bit naive. Granted, a very large part of that is simply choosing to eat good foods given our circumstances.

coolmom said...

Mike, I am glad that you are striving to live a healthier life and one day raise healthier children. I applaud you! The cows and chickens and pigs applaud you as well. And the local farmers.

Jenny said...

Dad, you are so dramatic. I'm pretty sure there are actual statistics about how people who eat crappy food have health problems. Like cancer. And diabetes. And allergies.

Me again said...

Or you can move out to the county, plant some fruit trees and a big garden and throw a few cows into the pasture.

Its not as hard as you might think.

And know you know EXACTLY what goes into your food.

ok, it might be easier to buy stuff at the farmers market :)

Adhis said...

Saw this movie some time ago, loved it, blogged about it twice, recommended it and still do. Awesome!