Super Food, Inc.

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. 😉 IMG_2664

Verdict: Terrible!

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!
IMG_2670Attempt #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. IMG_2682Much better! 😀
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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.

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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?

77 Comments

  1. haha. how do my co-blogger and I always seem to comment at the same time?

    I haven’t seen Food Inc. yet but I really want to. I am really interested in the food industry and how corrupt it is! A great book that opened my eyes was Skinny Bitch. An excellent read!

    I recently found out that Kashi is owned by Kellog which just made my heart sink. It makes me second guess the product 🙁

  2. I would love to see Food Inc, but it doesn’t appear to be showing anywhere around where I live. I guess I’ll have to wait for it’s release on DVD. I just wish there was something to compare the food industries between the US & Canada, to see how similar or different they are.

  3. I’m dying to see Food, Inc.! I’m not sure if it’s playing where I am, though.

    If you’re interested in eating more locally, I highly recommend reading Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle”. It documents a year of her family’s growing/raising their own food, eating almost entirely out of their own garden… it’s kind of part memoir, part background on the food industry, with some recipes thrown in. It’s a good read as is, but it also has some really interesting things about the food process – probably similar to what the movie talked about.

  4. Unfortunately, Food Inc. is not being shown at theatres in my area 🙁 I’m hoping it’s available for purchase one day!

  5. I tried some Amazing Grass in a drink at EarthFare (they had it for sampling) and it was nasty! I am not impressed with it in its recommended context either! Boo.

    Glad Food, Inc. is bringing some awareness to the problems with our food supply!

  6. I want to see the movie… but I love my conventional yogurt, cheese and Purdue chicken strips and am not giving them up.

  7. I have been tempted to put Amazing Grass in oats… so I appreciate the warning!

    I’d like to see Food, Inc. It’s playing at one theater here in Vegas, I’ll have to try and get to it… otherwise, it’s on the Netflix queue!

  8. The film definitely changed me too. I’m so glad that my husband saw it with me so we’re on the same page. We agreed to buy mostly organic meat, which means less meat in general due to the cost. I’ve been definitely buying most of my produce at local farmers markets too. It’s hard to do here in Boston because there isn’t that much variety… at least so far. Hopefully it will get better mid-summer (fingers crossed). I keep thinking about writing a review of the movie, but I’m so afraid I won’t do it justice. My suggestion for everyone to definitely see it!

  9. I’m definately seeing this movie this weekend…at Kendall where you saw it! I love that theatre. They show the best movies.
    I’ve already cut back on my meat eating and am wondering if you know which companies are “safe” to eat. This Italian girl can’t give up her chicken parm!!

  10. Great review! Can’t wait to see “Food Inc.” at Kendall! Just wanted to give a shoutout on the Sweets fix post. It’s so helpful to hear someone talk about the kind of sweet tooth that I have! I definitely want something sweet every day and it just seems like too much! So thanks for the great tips.. I’m seriously considering a cookie friday as well 🙂

  11. Tina- until organic producers make affordable, ready-to-eat lean chicken strips in delicious flavors, I’ll gladly stick with Purdue chicken strips… got my bf into them too and he LOVES them. Maybe everyone else has time to cook chicken and other meals all the time, but I sure as hell don’t and the easier the better. That said, I avoid traditional fast-food eateries like the plague.

  12. The best solution to stop the every-growing and mass-produced industry? People need to stop breeding so the demand can slow, and then we can focus on what we have.

  13. I’ve always wondered about Green SuperFood! So if it didn’t work with oatmeal, what are you supposed to put it in? Oh, and the wheat toast/peanut butter/banana slices combo has been my breakfast of choice for years now. =)

  14. The movie isn’t going to play anywhere near me so far. I may have to wait for the DVD.

    I have an odd question — it looks like you hardly put any nut butter on your toast — how long until you were hungry again?

  15. Thank you for posting your thoughts on Food, Inc. I’ll definitely have to check this movie out.

    It is heartening to know that so much more literature (i.e. books, films, articles) is being made easily accessible to general public. Maybe someday we will be a country full of educated and wise consumers!

  16. I’ll eat just about anything with some good old fashioned peanut butter on it. Choice #2 certainly looks better. I do look forward to seeing that movie.

  17. I’m going to see Food, Inc on Tuesday. I have been dying to see it since I first heard about it. I want to read the book too!! I can’t wait!!!!

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