Food, INC.

Pretty good DVD…documentary about where your food comes from.  I would’ve liked to see more detail, but that’s because this is a subject matter that I’ve been interested in for a pretty long time, so I’ve heard a lot of it before.  But, it might be a good place to introduce people to this kind of content. 

It talks mostly about what mass production has done and is doing to our food supply.

No matter how many times I hear about how farmers are forced into conforming to big agri-business, I’m still completely shocked by it all. 

Did you know that if a seed is genetically modified (GM), that a company can place a patent on it?  And that means that when a farmer buys that seed, he/she is not allowed to re-seed with the seeds that come from that plant…they have to re-purchase seeds every season.  They are not legally allowed to clean seeds and use them the following season.  AND, if the seeds from a GM farm blow onto and germinate on a non-GM farm,  the non GM farmer can be sued.  And there is no way to prove that the seed was not planted purposely.  And so basically, there is no way that these farmers can plant the non-GM seeds, because their farms become contaminated by the GM seeds anyway…and they get sued!

Farmers are losing their shirts over this.  They can’t afford the legal battle against the big agri-business companies.

Unbelievable!

I think independent farmers deserve better protection, don’t you?

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8 Responses to Food, INC.

  1. Holly says:

    Food, Inc. also did a book by the same name that’s complementary to the movie. It has additional info that will really add to what you learned in the documentary. I highly recommend it.

    Other great food reads:
    Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
    The Omnivore’s Dilemma
    In Defense of Food

    Enjoy!

    • tragical40 says:

      I should’ve mentioned that (I’m pretty sure) that your blog was the one that recommended that DVD! Thanks!
      That is a lot of reading! Yikes! It might be awhile before I get to and through that list.

  2. purplume says:

    It was upsetting to see that movie – in a good way, a necessary way. It makes me enraged. Thanks for the Make it Happen Mondays.

    • tragical40 says:

      It’s hard to watch these things and realize how much we are in the dark. Not too much fun seeing the light…much easier being in the dark. Sigh.
      Thank YOU for participating in Make it Happen Mondays!

  3. Food, Inc. is a great movie. I like that they give you the opportunity to make your own decisions and then resources to research further if you choose.

    It surprises me how many conventional farmers are pro-GMO and pro-CAFO and are proud to serve that food to their children. Did they forget that you “are what you eat?”

    We’ve been eating primarily organic, free-range and natural for most of our adult life. The movie reinforced our decision and renewed our mission to go 100%.

    I had the opportunity to hear Joel Salatin speak last weekend. He was every bit as entertaining in person as he was in the movie.

    • tragical40 says:

      I try to get the organic in as much as I can afford. This is a tough transition! Much more difficult than it was for me to go vegetarian! I’ll keep chipping away at it though. (Same with the going local idea). Any tips on making it easier would sure be appreciated!

      • I don’t know… we’re challenged with it right now. We moved to Colorado last year and now realize how good we had it in New Mexico.

        The best thing is to search out CSA’s, Food Co-ops and Farmer’s Markets. A lot of these are all or mostly organic and local. Sunflower Market also does a good job of carrying local, natural and organic products for a more reasonable price.

        The frustrating thing for us is that the CSA’s do not run year-round like the one we had in Albuquerque.

        So I’m planning to build my own garden for next summer and learning how to can and freeze right now.

      • tragical40 says:

        We have the same problem with the local farm thing…they are pretty much done by the end of October.
        We joined a co-op with a farm for a couple of summers, but we just found that we were gone too much and the veggies went to waste. Not to mention that they put a lot of weird vegetables in the baskets that I had no idea what to do with.
        There are markets that sell organic vegetables but there’s not much variation. I would think it would be very difficult to figure out how to eat just those vegetables. (And the prices are just exorbitant).

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