Food Inc

I never gave any thought to what I was eating and how it might be harming my body until this year.

I have always been slender and used to eat anything I wanted without seeing the side effects. I also grew up in the country with produce stands on every corner and school buses full of watermelons that would flood the streets when the season began.

When I moved to the city I started eating a lot of junk and began to see not only a weight gain but also a decline in my overall health. Since I began taking an interest in cooking I’ve tried to take care of myself and make smarter choices. Steve also had something to do with this since we enjoy cooking together and he refuses to eat “not good for you but really yummy foods”. He talked me into watching the 2008 documentary Food Inc thinking it might help me understand how important it is to eat smart. He was right.

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This documentary changed the way I think about food completely. It also made me want to go running back to the country but due to my career aspirations that’s not really an option. I was so ridiculously unaware of what was happening with the food industry and how my food was grown and produced.

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The following is taken from Wikipedia as it outlines the basic ideas of the documentary:

The film’s first segment examines the industrial production of meat (chicken, beef, and pork), calling it inhumane and economically and environmentally unsustainable. The second segment looks at theindustrial production of grains and vegetables (primarily corn and soy beans), again labeling this economically and environmentally unsustainable. The film’s third and final segment is about the economic and legal power, such as food labelling regulations of the major food companies, the profits of which are based on supplying cheap but contaminated food, the heavy use of petroleum-based chemicals (largely pesticides and fertilizers), and the promotion of unhealthy food consumption habits by the American public.[3][6] It shows companies like Wal-Mart transitioning towards organic foods as that industry is booming in the recent health movement.

There were parts of this film that I am glad I saw because I wouldn’t believe it otherwise and I’m starting to make smarter choices when it comes to the industries I support.

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After watching the documentary Steve and I immediately began researching our local CSA program and are very excited to support a local farm by purchasing our meat and produce straight from them. I encourage you to get on Netflix and watching the documentary and educate yourself!

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  • Haley Junks

    I do care but I don’t want to have to think about it. So I’m definitely not going to check this out.. which is irresponsible of me; but I just don’t want to know because then I’ll feel all bad about what I’m eating. I feel like there’s already so much else to be concerned about that I’m not up for adding this to my plate.. just yet, anyways! But I bet it was all very interesting to learn about!

  • Laura Powell

    I love love love this documentary! While it was hard to watch, it completely opened my eyes about the food industry and made me want to know more about everything we eat and where it comes from! Great post!