>See the above mentioned movie or risk possible death (either that or be extremely grossed out by seeing it). Everyone and his/her mother (and father, and sister, and brother, and grandbrother) should see it. How strange we don’t seem to question where our food comes from. Sometimes I’m of the mindset “ignorance is bliss;” however, when it comes to what I put in my body I don’t have that luxury. In the film, filmmaker Robert Kenner examines our nation’s food industry – good, bad, and downright ugly. He looks at what happens to genetically altered foods and how they affect us. It wouldn’t be a productive documentary with some sort of education and what to do to help. Most of the suggestions are ways for certain industries to stop being so in demand and allow other healthier industries to become more prevelent. (For starters visit http://www.takepart.com/foodinc)
Here’s what I gathered from the movie and the Website about the simple things we can do to encourage positive change in the food industry:
1. Stop drinking sodas and other sweetened beverages.
2. Eat at home instead of eating out.
3. Support laws that require fast food restaurants to post calorie information.
4. Tell schools to stop selling sodas, junk food, and sports drinks.
5. Meatless Mondays – one day a week without meat makes a big difference.
6. Buy organic and sustainable food with little to no pesticides.
7. Go to farmers’ markets, support local food.
8. Make a point to know where your food comes from – read labels.
9. Tell Congress food safety is important to you.
10. Demand job protections for farm workers and food processors, ensuring fair wages.
Today I’m grateful for documentaries, food stamp programs, and my new blender.