I watched Food Inc, and I am sitting here thinking about the food mess that we are raising our children in and it worries me. We are so far removed from our food sources that our children will likely never know how food is grown and where it comes from. Most of us don’t realize the concept of seasonal foods and the documentary says it well when it says, there are no seasons in America when it comes to food. It also talks about the limited produce variety we get in the supermarkets because the Agri business is driven by growing things quickly and efficiently and is controlled by a few large players. As someone who travels a lot, I am often surprised at the lack of variety of fresh produce at large supermarkets in the USA. Nowadays, my typical grocery run includes stops at various ethnic stores, Farmer’s Markets and also the supermarkets as this is the only way I can get a variety of produce in my home.
The most disturbing part of the documentary had to be how cattle and poultry are raised and slaughtered. It really makes you want to have your own cow and chickens in your background. I guess that is the point of the documentary. The image of cows standing in their own feces all day and then being sent to the slaughter house covered with feces is disgusting. As a parent, I am now very concerned about the quality of the food when we eat at restaurants with our 2 year old. Every year we hear of E coli cases; the movie had a story about a 2 year old dying from eating a burger. The movie says that e-coli problems are something that can be reduced by 80% if we change the cow’s diet for just one week.
For now I think I am going to look for meat and poultry that has been grass fed by local farmers.
Here’s their trailer: