We went out on a school night! We went to see the movie Food, Inc. It was very good; scary, funny in places, educational, eye opening, and I would imagine it can’t help but have an effect on anyone who watches it.
I didn’t expect to learn a huge amount or be terribly shocked by the film, I have done enough research to have a good idea of how bad it is. But there were things I learnt that I hadn’t considered before. Like the fact that the US food supply is controlled by a handful of corporations that put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of farmers, the safety of workers and the environment.
Yes the movie is American and focuses on their system, but factory farming is much the same the world over. With them being our neighbour, how much food on our shelves comes from the US? How much of the food the world over originates from the US? In the movie they talk about the effect the export of highly subsidized (under the cost of production) US corn is having on other countries.
For me, it was enough to know about the inhumane treatment the animals are subjected to, to change our shopping habits. Please understand I do not believe that we are meant to be vegetarians, but I don’t think we need to eat meat everyday, and I am not willing to sustain myself through the suffering of others, be they animal or human.
If the treatment of the animals isn’t enough to make you reconsider that ‘cheap’ meat on the shelf in the grocery store; what about the treatment the human workers were subjected to? What about the damage that is being done to the environment? What about your health, or your families health?
“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.”
What about food-borne illnesses which are becoming far more prevalent? Highly toxic and multi-drug resistant pathogens have, and are, emerging as a direct result of the food production system we have now. In Food, Inc. we hear the story of 2 year old Kevin who died from E.coli poisoning after eating a hamburger.
It makes me so sad that so many people choose to bury their head in the sand and avoid ‘knowing’ how the food they are buying is produced, about the abuses to workers and animals, about the damage to the environment that is being supported by their dollars. It seems that if they don’t ‘know’ about it then they don’t have to feel guilty about supporting these industries.
Be brave. Watch the movie.
We live in a consumer based society and these big companies will only pay attention if people stand up and demand better options. You can make a difference, every time a product is run over the bar code scanner in the supermarket you are voting for that product.
Buy from companies that respect their workers, the animals and the environment.
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