Thoughts on Food, Inc

Last night I watched the documentary movie, “Food, Inc“, with Rachel.

In past years I’ve watched movies such as “Super Size Me” and “Fast Food Nation“. Such films can gross people out and even change the foods they choose to eat.

I’m happy to say that I stopped eating McDonalds when I was about 17 (2003; before “Super Size Me” was released). Yes, since then I’ve bought the occasional box of cookies or a drink, but I avoid McDonalds at all costs.

I generally avoid fast food places that I consider similar to McDonalds; such as, In-N-Out, Arby’s, etc. I know the fact that I don’t like In-N-Out will shock some people, but seriously, there’s a huge lack of a menu and it’s all quite boring. No, I don’t even like the fries.

NB: I’m not a vegetarian, but I rarely eat any meat other than chicken.

I digress.

Throughout much of my life my Mom has been persistent to only buy free range chicken and eggs. I never really cared that much about that fact until my Mom explained what it meant: “The chickens get to roam around and be happy.” The way I see it, if you’re happy before you die, then whomever eats you will receive those happy genes. Was that too creepy? It makes sense though; don’t you think?

Yes, I’ve seen those horrid videos of chickens that end up at KFC. Though, they’re just some poor attempts from activists; I never know how valid they are.

Food, Inc really shows how animals and vegetables are treated like food from the moment they sprout to the moment they’re packaged for consumption.

In nature, cows eat grass and their manure fertilises the grass for it to gain nutrients and continue to grow. In these mass-produced farms, cows eat corn, there is no grass, and they walk on feces. By the way, corn costs money and is trucked in from hundreds of miles away; grass is free and grows anywhere. That’s just a teeny tiny part of what Food, Inc touches on.

As soon as the movie was over, Rachel and I started researching places nearby where we could obtain organic meat and vegetables. Sadly, this isn’t always available at the supermarket. (According to Food, Inc., Wal-Mart now stocks organic meat and vegetables — but we all know how we feel about Wal-Mart’s ethics. I have been able to buy free range organic eggs from Wal-Mart though.)

Surprisingly, there are many organic farms all over the United States. I’m sure there’s many in your country too! Most of the time organic food is going to cost more money, but if it keeps you healthier (read: the way nature built humans, not the way “man” has changed humans into the pill-popping, fast-food-obsessed people that many of us are), then you’ll probably end up paying less for medical costs.

Go to pickyourown.org to search for organic farms in your US state or your country.

Don’t take my word for it. Watch Food, Inc. now.

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