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Where Does Your Food Come From?

Where Does Your Food Come From?

I had the opportunity to see Food Inc the other night and to say that I was blown away is an understatement.  The trailer below says much more than I can ever say here about this important topic but suffice it to say this is a movie that everyone should see.

Few choices in our lifestyles have as much of an impact on the planet as our food choices do. What I like about this movie is that it gives you a fair amount of facts that you probably didn’t know in order to scare you a bit but educate you at the same time, and then leaves you with concrete ideas on how you can make a difference. Also, hearing folks like Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) and Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) expertly break down these hard truths into digestible pieces makes it easy to understand what is happening out there without being an expert yourself.

Have you ever considered how far your food travels to get to you and what companies must do to keep it “fresh” during that journey?

Are you aware of the amount of corn you eat (it’s in almost everything processed) and what it is doing to you and our ecosystem as a whole?

Do you know the amount of contaminants factory farms put out into our waterways?

We have been trained as a society to buy food at the supermarket, get it as cheap as possible, and not consider where it came from, who it effects, or what it is doing to us. When you think about it, the whole thing seems fairly irresponsible.

Thankfully, we all have the power to change this system. The Food inc website has some great resources to check out after you’ve seen the movie including 10 Simple Tips towards eating better which will help you start now.

Beyond just learning about the problems with industrialized food yourself, there is another reason I want you all to run out and see this movie. Since it’s a documentary, it’s in a smaller group of theaters and will not get as much exposure to the general public as it should. The more these showings sell out, the more theaters they’ll put the film in. The more theaters its in, the more people see it. Simple. So by heading out to see it, you’re not just educating yourselves, your potentially helping to bring this important message to a wider audience.

Presently you can find out where the movie is playing here, and they’ve also supplied an online listing of where they are showing the film here.

So please, if you do nothing else for the environment or your health this week, run out and see Food Inc. I’d love to hear your thoughts after you’ve seen it and a word of advice before you head in–skip the soda and popcorn, you’ll be glad you did.

Dave Chameides is a filmmaker and environmental educator. His website and newsletter are designed to inspire thought and dialogue on environmental solutions and revolve around the idea that no one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Give people the facts, and they’ll choose to do the right thing.”

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Dave Chameides

Dave Chameides is a filmmaker and environmental educator. His website and newsletter are designed to inspire thought and dialogue on environmental solutions and revolve around the idea that no one can do everything, but everyone can do something. "Give people the facts, and they'll choose to do the right thing."

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11:15PM PST on Dec 22, 2009

Though I am a veggie I would like to say that those who like to have non veg they should certainly try to have it from reputed shops. But the best part is that it is better to be a veggie which will give you freedom from all this worries.

selenium

1:35AM PST on Dec 9, 2009

Thanks. Yes I'd like a better understanding of where products come from and what environmental impacts have occurred. I think this information should be on product labels, actually.

4:30PM PST on Dec 5, 2009

Buy local or grow your own.

I'm willing to give up cheetos and eating enough food for 3 people each day.

6:19AM PST on Dec 5, 2009

i would rather eat less of a higher quality food its the supermarkets that set the trend, not what we ask for

5:56AM PST on Dec 5, 2009

i'm gonna go watch the movie right now.

7:15PM PST on Nov 28, 2009

I live and work on a farm. A lot of this film was full of false information. There are very few farms that treat animals cruely. But most people would probably come to my farm and tell me I am cruel. I we would start raising livestock how all of you "know-it-alls" think that we should raise our stock, we would be producing meat that would taste so bad you would rather eat your son's sweaty basketball shorts. Angus is not always a perfect meat, it is just the only breed of beef that can be certified as to where is was raised. If you think that organic food doesn't contain any foreign medications or supplements, you are wrong. There are so many different ways to classify something as organic that you may be eating something close to the normal product, but you are paying three times as much.

Beef... It's What's For Dinner.

8:04AM PDT on Aug 12, 2009

I've seen a few of these farm factory videos, and how the animals are treated so cruelly. And it's made me want to hurl. I would love to see them put out of business. And have the barns renovated to more humane ones (where animals can feed/rest during storms) and fields/large outdoor pens constructed.

One way to get these farm factories out of business, is only buy meat from reputable farms, such as Angus. And try to persuade your grocery stores to buy their meat from humane farms; do some research if they have to.

10:54AM PDT on Jul 30, 2009

I have seen Food Inc twice now. the first time I went with my wife and her parents. I was so impressed that I went back with my interns and co-worker. We have even talked to the theater about taking our entire company to see it! I feel this is one of the most important films for America's youth to see and Kudos to Chipotle for offering free showings accross the country! Another good movie to supplement Food Inc is King Corn http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pr5HQrgg9mM

9:18AM PDT on Jul 30, 2009

I actually had the same thought. I don't pick the pics though, that's done by CARE2 so it's a bit out of my control. I sort of looked at it as this is how cows would like to live.

Dave

12:02AM PDT on Jul 30, 2009

Nice article, although the picture doesn't match! Perhaps if it factually depicted the life of any cow during their shortened, deeply unpleasant life, rather than the pretend-cow picture of happy cows in a pretty field. The truth, as you probably now know, is that few cows on this planet get to even see grass growing, and that their continued pregnancies, birthing and breast-milk siphoning, as well as the brutal treatment, drugs and poor diets they endure end in their uncomforatble and terrified slaughter.

ahem...but otherwise a great article, thanks you. It's something everyone should know.

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