How much do we really know about the food we buy at our local supermarkets and feed to our families?
In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA.
Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.
On this website, we are concerned about two things—feeding healthy, whole foods to our families, particularly the little ones who rely on us to make good food decisions for them, and teaching them important, life-long lessons about what foods to eat and how to cook them.
If you do nothing else, please either see the movie, Food, Inc., or read Michael Pollan’s books to educate yourself on a critical topic.
Your children, like ours, are the most precious thing going. After our families saw this movie, we knew that we needed to transition to organic foods, wherever possible, to keep pesticides, antibiotics, and a host of unwanted chemicals out of our childrens’ bodies (and our own, as well).
Organic food and pesticide-free food is more expensive so there were a few sacrifices to make! But we understand that we are voting with our pocket books. The best way to demand clean, wholesome food to be made available is to leave the processed food on the shelf at the supermarket. We don’t buy it any more at all.
The good news is that we all have far fewer health problems and have solved one life-long “stomach allergy.” After suffering for 30 years from food intolerance, a condition that resulted in nausea and severe stomach upset, one staff member recovered completely after switching to a diet of whole grains and organic food. At 65, he can now eat virtually anything, including spices of all sorts.
This movie might have a few lessons for you, too.