Mr. F. and I watched Food, Inc. the other day. I won’t lie. It blew my mind. It inspired, angered, and depressed me simultaneously. I think everyone should watch it, because it will seriously make you think about the food that you buy and eat.
Some of the information I had already gleaned from reading “In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollan and “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver--also really good reads that will revolutionize how you view food. But it covered other areas with which I was less familiar. For example, I learned that the FDA has no legal power to shut down plants that have problems with Ecoli contamination. I mentioned this to a friend and she said, “but wait, don’t they recall the meat or the produce that is contaminated?” Yes, they do. But two weeks later, those same bags of spinach can reappear on the shelves with no one the wiser. Also, the plants are never shut down. One hopes that they clean up their act after the fact but I really wouldn’t bank on it. We have this trust (which is completely unfounded it appears) that our government is keeping us and our food safe which isn’t the case.
I also have come across recently a post by Amalah regarding artificial coloring and flavorings and how it has been linked to behavioral problems in kids. A part of me was skeptical. I thought perhaps it was all anecdotal. Perhaps it was just a factor of feeding your kid less sugar. However, I researched it a bit more and found that there have been scientific studies suggesting a pretty good link. Enough of a link to have the UK Food Standards Agency ask for a voluntary recall, which has been followed (another reason to move to England). Our Food and Drug Administration? It appears that they still consider the nine synthetic colors allowed in food “safe as long as each production batch has been certified to meet composition standards.” Thanks FDA. Thanks for looking after the well being of the populace. May each of your members be plagued with a dozen or more hyperactive children.
Basically, all of this information has led me to seriously consider moving to upstate New York, or perhaps Washington State, setting up a commune, and living completely off the land. Apparently that might be the only way to feed myself and my family safely and responsibly. In the mean time, Mr. F. and I are investing in a deep freezer so that we can drive 5 hours and stock up on meat that won’t kill us, won’t perpetuate the cruelty of the current meat packing system, and won’t put money in the pockets of those back-stabbing law makers and lobbyists who definitely do not have my health and well-being in mind, despite what their job description says.
So tell me. Have you seen the movie or read any of the above? What are your thoughts on the matter? Made any drastic changes on how you view your food?