Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Movie Review : Food Inc.

Sometimes you hear something/watch something/experience something that just makes you want to make a change.  For me, that something was watching the movie Food Inc.  Everyone knows how bad the food industry is but actually seeing it and how it has effected people in so many aspects of their lives was heartbreaking.  I cried multiple times during this movie.  It hit me really hard.

If you haven't heard about this movie, here is a synopsis:

    Documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner uses reports by Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser and The Omnivore's Dilemma author Michael Pollan as a springboard to exploring where the food we purchase at the grocery store really comes from, and what it means for the health of future generations. By exposing the comfortable relationships between business and government, Kenner gradually shines light on the dark underbelly of the American food industry. The USDA and FDA are supposed to protect the public, so why is it that both government regulatory agencies have been complicit in allowing corporations to put profit ahead of consumer health, the American farmer, worker safety, and even the environment? As chicken breasts get bigger and tomatoes are genetically engineered not to go bad, 73,000 Americans fall ill from powerful new strains of E. coli every year, obesity levels are skyrocketing, and adult diabetes has reached epidemic proportions. Perhaps if the general public knew how corporations use exploited laws and subsidies to create powerful monopolies, the outrage would be enough to make us think more carefully about the food we put into our bodies.

This movie talks about how our food is processed and ends up on our dinner table.  Of course it talks about meat and the horrible ways cows, chickens, and pigs are treated, but it also talks about how even fruits and vegetable aren't necessarily as healthy as we think.  With E.coli outbreaks effecting even our produce, this movie kind of made me think, "well what am I supposed to eat"?  Of course the unhealthy stuff isn't an option, the way meat is processed is horrific, but now even our fruits and vegetables aren't healthy for us.

The way the food industry operates is ridiculous.  With no regard to our health, the treatment of animals and their very own workers, all that they care about is money.  Greed has taken over the food industry and hard-working farmers are being put out of business by the big food industries and I say something needs to be done...Now!

You can check out the website for the movie at www.takepart.com/foodinc. and see what you can do to help make a change, Like 10 simple ways to change the food industry.

I am definitely going to be doing more things differently when I go grocery shopping.  Buying more organic is definitely going to be one of them.  I also am not going to be buying certain brands.  This movie has opened my eyes and this has become something that is very important to me.  I am not only worried about what I am putting into my body, but I also have 3 children that I am responsible for keeping healthy and happy and watching this movie has definitely made me rethink some of the things I am doing.

Yes, this movie scared me.  Yes, this movie made me sad, but I think this is a movie EVERYONE should see.  Even though I am scared and sad, I am also happy to be educated and now can see clearly what I need to do and change.

I recommend this movie 100%

This is my opinion.  Have an Amazing, Awesome Day!!!

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