Last night, to celebrate my husband’s birthday, we went to the movies! Keith and I packed our homemade popcorn (movie theatre popcorn is made with transfats, YUCK) and headed over to Landmark Theatres in Bethesda, MD to see Food, Inc. Wow, is all I have to say. And, everyone in America needs to see this film. It is an eye opening film, and even a seasoned “food activist” like myself was not prepared for some of the images in the film. At points, I was choking on my popcorn, because of the shocking images of animal cruelty. Luckily, they were few.
And, I learned a lot that I didn’t know about how our food system is currently working. Or, NOT working, as the case may be. I was surprised to learn, for instance, that our conventional chicken farmers are in a servant role to mega corporations. They take enormous personal risk, but have zilch control over their farming operations. They don’t even own the chickens. All they are is growers for a bigger entity. They are given the chickens, the feed and strict orders. And, America’s factory farmed chickens never see daylight their entire life span. They are even harvested at night. One farmer in the film, lost her contract because she refused to deny her chicken’s sunlight.
I learned of Veggie Libel Laws that made it possible for Oprah to be sued for saying she was reluctant to eat a hamburger. This is important for bloggers to be aware of, because we are sharing our opinions about food. Can we be sued for our speech? Apparently so.
The bullying corporations that abuse farm workers, sue farmers, and practice cruel animal husbandry all refused to be interviewed for the film. Hopefully, public awareness will be the catalyst for big changes in the way they do things. Changes that respect human life, American liberties and our animals raised for food.
Joel Salatin and Polyface Farm were used as a model of what our food system could look like. Small, local, low-tech. My only wish was that their had been a narrator to let the audience know who Joel is and how influential he is in the farming community. Keith and I have met a farm family in Florida that had attended Joel’s seminars. So Joel is spreading his model by training many, many others how to duplicate it. That was not clear from the film (unless it was in the first few minutes, we missed the beginning).
As for me and my husband, we left the movie went and had dinner at a restaurant that served grass-fed beef from a sustainable ranch. And, we will continue to spend our money on high quality, locally raised meats from farmers we know and trust. To find out where to buy humanely raised meats, contact your local Weston A. Price Chapter leader.
The film is a must see. It is the manifesto for all of us who care about what is going on. And a wake up call for the rest, who will care more about where their food comes from after seeing this movie. Visit the Food, Inc website here, and below is the trailer.
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