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Food, Inc.

December 10, 2009

I feel so passionately about food.  What we eat is an opportunity to express our beliefs and act in a way that is either compassionate and aware or thoughtless and cruel.    Food Inc. is an expose documentary on the business of the way we eat in America.  It reveals how factory mentality has infiltrated farming, and how big business has made buying a cheeseburger from MacDonald’s less expensive than buying a head of lettuce from the grocery store.  Eric Schlosser (author of Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto) visit farms, talk to farmer’s and expose the politics of food in America.  Watching this movie is a real eye opener to the big business aspect of the food that makes it into our super markets and it makes you want to make changes to the entire system.  Although it seems completely hopeless, the concluding message is that we can affect change by making choices against processed food from the big companies and by supporting local agriculture.  Of course this isn’t an option for everyone, but for those of who can take the time and extra money to buy from farmer’s markets, it is such a worthwhile thing to do.  Watch this movie and begin to become aware of where your food comes from.

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