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Food Inc.

Posted by on Nov. 16, 2009 at 4:33 PM
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Seen it yet? Watched it last night,and it really opened my eyes. I'm glad my hubby was watching with me, too, because he does a lot of the food shopping. Here are some links if you haven't seen it, but if you have, what did you think?

http://www.foodincmovie.com/

http://www.foodincmovie.com/about-the-issues.php

 

About the Issues

Food, Inc. exposes America's industrialized food system and its effect on our environment, health, economy and workers' rights. Learn about these issues and take action through the Hungry For Change cafeteria and check out the 10 Simple Tips for making positive changes in your eating habits. Learn more about these issues and how you can take action on Takepart.com.
Find organic, local foods

Sustainable foods can be found in your community by purchasing organic and/or locally grown produce and products. It's easy to find farmers markets, Community Supported Agriculture programs, restaurants and more with the user-friendly Eat Well Guide. Simply type in your zip code to find out what's in season near you.

Diabetes and Obesity

High calorie, sugar laden processed foods coupled with our sedentary lifestyles is growing our waistlines and contributing to serious health issues like diabetes, heart ailments and cancers. One-third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. Tell Congress that kids should be served healthy meals, not soda and junk food.

Factory Farming

Approximately 10 billion animals (chickens, cattle, hogs, ducks, turkeys, lambs and sheep) are raised and killed in the US annually. Nearly all of them are raised on factory farms under inhumane conditions. These industrial farms are also dangerous for their workers, pollute surrounding communities, are unsafe to our food system and contribute significantly to global warming.

Pesticides

Cancers, autism and neurological disorders are associated with the use of pesticides especially amongst farm workers and their communities. Learn about what pesticides are in your food and their effects.

Environmental Impact

Did you know that the average food product travels about 1,500 miles to get to your grocery store? And that transporting food accounts for 30,800 tons of greenhouse gas emissions every year?

The Global Food Crisis

Approximately 1 billion people worldwide do not have secure access to food, including 36 million in the US. National and international food and agricultural policies have helped to create the global food crisis but can also help to fix the system.

Kevin's Law: Foodborne Illness

In Food, Inc. we meet Barbara Kowalcyk, whose 2 year old son, Kevin, died from E.coli poisoning after eating a hamburger. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 76 million Americans are sickened, 325,000 are hospitalized and 5,000 die each year from foodborne illnesses. Although Kevin's law is not pending in Congress right now, there are other important national food safety legislation pending now for you to support.

Put Nutritional Labels on Restaurant Food

Ever wondered how many calories are in your restaurant food? Most restaurants don’t list the actual nutritional value of their food. Listing calories on menus in chain restaurants is an easy way to educate consumers about calorie content to help them make the healthiest choice.

Genetic Engineering

Some of our most important staple foods have been fundamentally altered, and genetically engineered meat and produce have already invaded our grocery stores and our kitchen pantries.

Farm Worker Protection

Farm workers are the backbone of our agricultural industry, bringing fresh food everyday to our tables. They deserve basic workplace protections like good wages, access to shade and water.

Cloning

In January 2008, the FDA approved the sale of meat and milk from cloned livestock, despite the fact that Congress voted twice in 2007 to delay FDA's decision on cloned animals until additional safety and economic studies could be completed.

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Talee
by Gold Member on Nov. 16, 2009 at 4:42 PM

 I haven't yet but I would REALLY like to...

My 15 yr old son told me about a movie he watched called Super Size Me....

He learned A LOT!!!! I think it really opened his eyes about fast food...

Now I need to get my 12 yr old daughter to watch it...

freedomthinks
by on Nov. 16, 2009 at 5:20 PM

I have watched this  and  Fast food nation 

I  ordered both of them  from Amazon and the books too

I have been vegan for a while  and recently my son    hubby is working on it  but we did

make a  decision to  boycott   fast food  altogther  as  a  family statement for health and humanity 

suprersize me and  omnivores delima  are next on the research list  

Mergath
by Silver Member on Nov. 16, 2009 at 5:23 PM

I saw it.  It's a great introduction to the horrors of American "food."  I think they should show this documentary to every student in the country.  

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Raintree
by Ruby Member on Nov. 16, 2009 at 5:30 PM

It's really important this film. Really, really important. I hope that people begin to open up to what is the reality of our food system.

sweetie00
by on Nov. 16, 2009 at 5:34 PM


Quoting Mergath:

I saw it.  It's a great introduction to the horrors of American "food."  I think they should show this documentary to every student in the country.  


Great idea.

Mergath
by Silver Member on Nov. 16, 2009 at 6:01 PM

You can watch "Supersize Me" for free on hulu right now. :)  I actually just watched it for the second time a few days ago- it's some scary shit.

Quoting 07upsydaisy:

If this is a movie in theaters right now, I'll need to wait until it's on DVD. 

Supersize Me is well worth buying.

I do have to say though, I wonder how much impact chemicals and preservatives in our foods contribute to obesity.  Certainly it contributes to disease. 

Fluoride is one example of poison in our everyday environment that the government refuses to admit has an impact on health.  I wouldn't doubt they and the chemical makers are keeping something hidden from us.


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bakebiscotti
by on Nov. 16, 2009 at 6:29 PM

I need to see this.  I'm huge on local food and organic and slow food.  My husband and I are in the process of working out our moving expenses and then we are buying our farm shares in January and we are buying a cow share and since it's our cow, we can get raw milk.  We are very excited and checked out the impact all this will have and it is amazing how much less an impact there is when you buy local.

My daughter gets upset with me because she never has box tops for education to hand in at school and I have to explain to her that we don't eat the food that has those boxtops on the box.  She has a hard time because they have ice cream parties at school for the class that has the most tops. 

smalltowngal
by Platinum Member on Nov. 16, 2009 at 6:41 PM

I want to see it. DH and I are hoping withing the next couple years to produce 50% of the food we eat ourselves. We're looking at getting chickens this next summer for fresh eggs because we're nuts like that. I'm getting an electric wheat grinder for Christmas which I'm pretty excited about. I would love by the time we're 35 or so to build our own house which will be a little smaller but have a root cellar and a greenhouse. We are a little worried about environmental conditions and health but quite honestly, I don't know if Americans will be able to afford to eat the way we do.

RheaF
by on Nov. 16, 2009 at 7:58 PM

 Yeah DH told me about this BS movie. He is a QA manager of a ...gasp... poultry processing plant. So yes we know what it inthe chicken, why it is in there, how much, etc.. Michael Moore is full of crap. Sorry but true. All of his movies have very little to do with fact and more with conspiracy BS.

Raintree
by Ruby Member on Nov. 16, 2009 at 8:01 PM

Maybe you can inform your husband that this is not a Michael Moore Film.

Quoting RheaF:

 Yeah DH told me about this BS movie. He is a QA manager of a ...gasp... poultry processing plant. So yes we know what it inthe chicken, why it is in there, how much, etc.. Michael Moore is full of crap. Sorry but true. All of his movies have very little to do with fact and more with conspiracy BS.


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