Friday, July 31, 2009

Food, Inc.

David and I saw Food, Inc. tonight. If you've not heard about it, it's a documentary identifying the rise and decline of food production in our country. Go see it. And sign this.

I'm not a revolutionary. However, with the government spewing nothing but Healthcare Reform for the past several months and obesity being the number 1 news story since the clock struck 2000, I find it shocking to believe that no one is making the connection. Food is a business in our country. It's like any other major Wall Street crisis or Ponzi scheme; the rich get richer at the poor's expense.
I'm shocked at how little I knew about food. I knew it was better to buy organic, but I had no idea how unbelievably more important it was to buy locally, grass-fed, antibiotic-free, and the list goes on. And you know what? It's hard to buy this kind of food! It's hard because it's expensive, it's not always accessible, and it's confusing as hell! Who can keep track of the labels on food?! We just trust that when it says "organic" or "all-natural", it's better for us. And why wouldn't we?

The truth is, my friends, that I've been misled. It isn't anyone's fault but my own. And now that I know better, I'm going to do better. Every locally grown vegetable I buy, every gallon of milk that's rGBH-free, every tomato I eat from my little garden casts a vote against a system that was built to take my money in exchange for genetically modified food, grown without respect for the workers who harvested it or the planet that grew it. It's expensive. But I'll bet you that if I took the same $100 that I spend at Publix once a week and spent it in the aisles at Whole Foods and at my local Farmer's Market, I'd end up with less food; and I probably wouldn't starve.

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