2008 PG 94 minutes
Drawing on Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation and Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, director Robert Kenner’s Oscar-nominated documentary explores the food industry’s detrimental effects on our health and environment. Kenner spotlights the men and women who are working to reform an industry rife with monopolies, questionable interpretations of laws and subsidies, political ties and rising rates of E. coli outbreaks.
This morning I was clicking through my Instant View on Netflix as saw a documentary called Food, Inc. Since I was working on some posts I decided to let it play in the background. Wow. What a video and close to my heart as I have been trying and struggling a bit since AppleBlossom was born with getting healthy versus saving money. I do remember when I saw a wholistic doctor a few years back talking about the decision on where to spend money whether it was going to be on medical expenses or food up front.
I strongly recommend that you watch this movie. Really, while it’s available to watch on Instant View on Netflix I see no excuses for most people to miss seeing it. Do yourself a favor, educate yourself. You might be surprised how powerful your choices are…
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Stop drinking sodas and other sweetened beverages.
You can lose 25 lbs in a year by replacing one 20 oz soda a day with a no calorie beverage (preferably water).
Eat at home instead of eating out.
Children consume almost twice (1.8 times) as many calories when eating food prepared outside the home.
Support the passage of laws requiring chain restaurants to post calorie information on menus and menu boards.
Half of the leading chain restaurants provide no nutritional information to their customers.
Tell schools to stop selling sodas, junk food, and sports drinks.
Over the last two decades, rates of obesity have tripled in children and adolescents aged 6 to 19 years.
Meatless Mondays—Go without meat one day a week.
An estimated 70% of all antibiotics used in the United States are given to farm animals.
Buy organic or sustainable food with little or no pesticides.
According to the EPA, over 1 billion pounds of pesticides are used each year in the U.S.
Protect family farms; visit your local farmer’s market.
Farmer’s markets allow farmers to keep 80 to 90 cents of each dollar spent by the consumer.
Make a point to know where your food comes from—READ LABELS.
The average meal travels 1500 miles from the farm to your dinner plate.
Tell Congress that food safety is important to you.
Each year, contaminated food causes millions of illnesses and thousands of deaths in the U.S.
Demand job protections for farm workers and food processors, ensuring fair wages and other protections.