Monday, March 29, 2010

A change is going to come.



After watching these two shows I have made a resolution to change my family's eating habits.  Cage free, organics for us and no more processed junk!  It is going to be more expensive, but we will just have to sacrifice elsewhere so that we can do it.

It is so important to remember that we vote each time we go grocery shopping.  We vote not only about how animals are treated, but about how long we are going to live due to the foods we eat.  It's time to make these ginormous food companies have integrity and accountability.

As the movie says, we are going to "buy from companies who treat their workers, animals and the environment with respect."  Wish us luck, and please consider to joining us.

p.s. If you haven't seen either of these shows, watch them.  You can find Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution here and Food, Inc. is here if you are a Netflix member. They really will change your eating habits (and your life).

p.s.s. Be forewarned.  I wasn't able to finish Food, Inc. due to it being far too disturbing for me.  I just finished watching it, feeling the need to if I was going to be posting about it on my blog.  Be prepared to shed a few tears and to be empowered to make a change.

Have you seen either of these already?  What were your thoughts?

13 comments:

  1. I have seen both of these and they totally reinforced my thoughts about the changes N8tr0n and I have been making over the last few years. I also really enjoyed the book The Omnivore's Dilemma. I've always thought a lot about what we eat and tend to have quite a soap box about it. It's nice to see I'm not the only one these days. :)

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  2. uh yeah, i've seen them. remember when i went and bought chicks?!

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  3. The Future of Food is a great documentary following the growth of genetically modified foods and patenting of GM seeds. Also fairly disturbing, but the good news is that we as consumers have the ability to change what corporations invest in. We vote every time we go to the grocery store with what we buy, and in turn, what companies profit on. Eat locally grown food, visit farmers markets, and be aware of what you put into you and your kids bodies!

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  4. I really like Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. I agree with everything he says. I am trying more and more to not eat processed food. I want to make what we eat. But, I am not going to starve myself of a favorite restaurant becasue the beef isn't grass-fed or the chickens are Tyson and not cage-free. The majority of our food will be real food - food that I pick the ingredients to.
    I haven't seen food inc but know a bit about it. I agree with it and want to see it (maybe...) but I don't think I can do all that it says in that movie. I can't afford it yet. I will be hormone free and try to get all the best ingredients. But - I have no idea where to get dairy products from grass-fed cows, etc and am not willing to drive an hour to get it. That said - it is a future goal down the road. Just not possible at this state in my life.
    Sorry, that was long.

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  5. Miranda - I am embarrassed it has taken me this long to realize!

    Jon - Yes I do remember. How could I forget? Little Guy talks about them NON STOP. I can't wait to eat some omelettes from your home grown eggs!

    Anon - Amen.

    Sarah - I totally understand and what you said was actually mentioned in the movie, Food Inc. They say that the problem with these big companies is they have made their food very affordable and not everyone can buy organic. We are in the same position as we are still apartment dwellers saving for a home and the hubs is in grad school. But, I also think that every purchase counts. So, even if it is that we buy meat LESS, that is still helping. After all, we as Americans eat WAY too much meat as it is.

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  6. So glad you watched it. It is so motivating.

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  7. I'm scared to watch it.

    So...does that mean no more cupcakes for breakfast? :)

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  8. Hil, you need to go to BountifulBaskets.org. Its a couple that run it, and its all voluntary. They sell 40lbs of fresh fruits and veggies for 15-25 dollars. They sell a conventional and a organic pack. The organic pack is more expensive but they are totally worth it. In the conventional pack, they don't do any of the pesticides crap like the stores do. Everything tastes so fresh and so good. They deliver everyweek. They have stops all over Idaho, Arizona, Utah, and more places. Just to give you an idea of what I just got on Saturday; 1 Cantaloupe, 1 pack of Strawberries, 1 Pineapple, 8-10 oranges, 8-10 Yams, 8 apples, 8-10 cucumbers, 3 zucchini, a bushel of cauliflower, bananas, lettuce and asparagus. It saves a ton of money, and the food changes every time. You really never know what you are going to get which is nice. It forces us to try new things! I also support the local farmers in Rexburg. Woods Gardens in particular. You can pick your own stuff and its fun to do as a family!

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  9. I thought it was shameless propaganda. My BIL owns a cattle ranch in Montana and nothing discussed in the video pertained to him or the business he runs. I do believe that there are some horrible conditions out there on some of the farms/ranches/processing plants, but I felt that this documentary was completely one sided and produced with one goal in mind: to scare the living daylights out of you.

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  10. EmJay, I can understand that. I do think they spent a lot more time on the ugly rather than the good that goes on. However, they did show both sides. They showed that there are those who treat their workers and animals with respect and don't follow the mainstream meat industry. This film encourages us to buy from those ranchers, rather than the massive beef companies who own a monopoly.

    I think what the film did was brought to light the truth behind what goes on in these major companies. If the rancher sells to these major beef companies, that means they have to follow the companies regulations (which are inhumane in my opinion).

    We really do need to focus on the good and support those who don't follow the mainstream!

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  11. I've seen Food, Inc. but not the other one. Ever since my first baby was born, I've had kind of an obsession with all natural and organic foods. It's true that it is hard to feed your family this way because of expense and availability (in some places more than others), but I think it's something we can all keep in mind when we buy our food, and hopefully bring about gradual change in the industry. I would absolutely LOVE for my family to have our own little homestead, where we grow our own food, but being in the military, that's a little hard. :)

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  12. growing up on a farm myself i have to agree with EmJay. We didn't go through the hassle to be organic and all that, but we were still very nice to our workers and our animals. I guess what I am saying is I will still support the companies that we sold our products to.

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  13. My father is a dairy consultant and we have had many discussions about this idea of organic. Though the idea sounds wonderful, there is no possible way that the world could ever go 100% organic. Because there is so much more produce, dairy, and such that goes to waste since they can't do much to protect it the land that would be needed to produce enough food is just not available. I agree with both Tiffany and EmJay that most famers are wonderful. My dad travels all over the world to visiting dairies... well just like anything with the bad comes the good. People are people and we can try our best to keep those "bad people" out, but the world just isn't perfect. The organic industry is actually making it hard for the "good people" to thrive since they don't have the materials need to thrive as organic. Being a mom I agree that I want to know what my child is eating and that is why I choose to make as much of my own stuff as I can, but it does not have to be organic to be good for my child. I started watching that movie and I couldn't even finish. Sorry for the long post. I don't mean to go off. I found your blog through another and I really enjoy reading it though. Your such a sweet mother and wife!

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