21 August 2010

Words to Chew On

Have you seen Food, Inc., yet?
Finally got my viewing this week from a check out at our local library.
Reminded me of the difficult realities brought up in The Corporation.
Well crafted. Eye opening. Important.
All in all, you are left remembering that we are more powerful than we usually realize. Every. purchase. we. make. is a vote for the kind of world we want to live in!

A few words to chew on from the film:

A culture that just views a pig as a pile of protoplasmic, inanimate structure to be manipulated by whatever creative design a human can foist on that critter will probably view individuals within its community and other cultures in the community of nations with the same kind of disdain and disrespect and controlling-type mentality.

A typical grower with two chicken houses has borrowed over $500, 000 and earns about $18,000 a year. [So who is profiting?]

...centralized power is being used against the people who are really producing the food, like the farmers. It's being used against workers who work for these companies [many hire "illegals"], and it's being used against consumers who are deliberately being kept in the dark about what they're eating, where it comes from, and what it's doing to their bodies.

We put our faith in our government to protect us, and we aren't being protected on the most basic level!

We are hard-wired [by the food market] to go for three tastes: salt, fat, and sugar. These things are very rare in nature. But now sugar is available 24-7 in tremendous quantities. We are eating a 100 pounds of this stuff a year!

Now 70% of processed food in the supermarket has some genetically modified ingredient.

I am always struck by how successful we have been at hitting the bullseye on the wrong target.


Food, Inc. is well worth a watch if you haven't viewed it yet: