I had two attempts at breakfast this morning. The first involved a packet of Green SuperFood, which is supposed to be mixed into a beverage or smoothie, but I was in the mood for oatmeal this morning. And, as you know, I will try anything once in my oats. 😉
Do NOT add Green SuperFood to your oats! The end result to not pretty and tastes horrible. I absolutely hate wasting food, but I had no other choice but to toss my oats. I took a few bites hoping that the banana and almond butter would mask the flavor, but they didn’t.
Of course, I will give the Green SuperFood another try, but next time, I will consume it as intended!
Attempt #2 at breakfast turned out much better. I toasted a couple slices of Arnold Grains & More Double Active 100% Whole Wheat Bread and topped them with almond butter and banana slices. Much better! 😀
Food, Inc. Review
Wow. I will never look at food the same way again. Well, I suppose that’s the goal (and slogan) of Food, Inc., right? Well, Robert Kenner definitely changed the way I will forever view food.
Food, Inc. left me feeling all sorts of emotions– surprised, disappointed, disgusted, saddened. (I was almost in tears listening to Kevin’s mother tell their story.) Of course, it was an eye-opening film, but I had no idea how much it would change my thinking.
For those who haven’t heard about Food, Inc., it is a documentary that examines the current state of food production in the US. In particular, it emphasizes mass-produced meat and processed foods and highlights critical issues all across the spectrum: families that can’t afford fresh fruit, but eat Burger King instead; farmers who are left with no choice but to purchase genetically modified seeds or risk litigation from big business companies; pitch-dark, overcrowded chicken coops and incredibly inhumane treatment of cows and pigs. Food, Inc. makes it apparent that these problems run deep, but surprisingly, the film’s message seems hopeful.
What I found especially interesting:
- Grocery stores are seemingly all about variety, but much of the food is made from one ingredient: corn
- The average chicken farmer has borrowed $500,000 dollars (from Purdue, Tyson, etc.) to run their coops and is paid about $18,000 per year.
- 1 in 3 people born after 2000 will develop diabetes.
- Monsanto, an enormous agriculture company that dominates soybean production, also created DDT and Agent Orange.
- 75% of supermarket products contain some sort of GMOs.
- Seemly healthy/organic brands are owned by larger companies like Kraft, General Mills, Pepsi, etc. and may not produce their products responsibly.
So much is covered in Food, Inc. It’s definitely a film that you need to see for yourself, but if you’d like to read some reviews about it, I encourage you to check out Rose’s review and Julie’s review. Rose does a great job of explaining important ideas, themes, and moments that spoke to her throughout the film. Julie gives a very detailed recap with interesting tidbits from the movie mixed in.
So, after seeing Food, Inc., I have redefined my thinking about how, what, and why I eat. It has also inspired me to change my lifestyle in a number of ways:
- Eat more locally.
- Do not take food for granted.
- Pay attention to food policies. Be more aware, in general.
- Eat minimally processed foods.
- Eat less meat and pay attention to where it comes from.
No matter what your opinions are on food, I encourage you to see this movie. It will enlighten you and make you think twice about where your food comes from and how it affects your healthy and well-being. It will also make you want to do something about it. As the movie says, you can change the system 3 times a day.
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Question of the Day
If you have seen Food, Inc., what did you find most shocking about the film? If you have not seen it, what do you find most interesting about the food production industry?