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Get Real 2012: Movie Week – Food Inc.

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Growing up in an agricultural community and being in local 4-H chapter helped me to understand where my food came from and the work it takes. However, my husband didn’t grow up in the same way. Therefore one of the most inspiring moments in the transition to whole and real foods for our family was watching the documentary Food Inc. It opened our eyes to the world behind the packaging at the grocery store, what ingredients really are and mean, a look into the health epidemic of our country and what really goes on with food regulation in the United States today.
I believe this film can help to start your education on where your food really comes from. You may live in an urban setting where farm scenes are what you see on television or limited to trips outside the city. You may live out in the country and see farm life on your daily drive, but do you really understand those cows or chickens, aren’t what is in your grocery cart? Or small facts like less than 1% of the corn grown in the US is actually corn that you can eat right from the cob?
Can’t get your partner on board for the Get Real challenge? We say that you should whip up a batch of Lisa’s brown bag popcorn  or check out our Pinterest popcorn board and cozy up to watch this film together. Although we can’t promise that it will change their mind instantly, we can assure you it will start up a conversation in your household and the wheels turning! If you head over to Netflix and sign up for a month of free service, you can get Food Inc. on demand to your computer, play console, or get it sent to your mailbox. All for free! You can cancel at anytime of course too. Or there is also the library, they usually have a copy circulating.

January Week 3 Action Item:

Each week we will try to give you some simple action steps to put this journey into practice. It is important that you start this journey by understanding yourself, your goals and perhaps your obstacles.
  1. We’d like to suggest watching the movie Food Inc this week and answering the following questions:
    • How did the movie make you feel?
    • What topics sparked your interest?
    • What new goals do you have after watching the fim?
    • What questions you have?
    Later this week we’ll post what we thought of the movie, our questions, and on our Facebook Fan Page Night (link), we’ll open a group discussion! Feel free to post your thoughts to our page, or link to your blog posts as well.

January Get Real:

Please take a moment to thank our guest authors and sponsors by clicking over to their sites and/or liking them on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Guest Author – Lisa Leake of 100 Days of Real Food
Sponsor: ZipListOne pledged Get Real participant will be winning a $200 Visa Gift Card to help them restock their pantry!

13 Responses to “Get Real 2012: Movie Week – Food Inc.”

  1. Collette Jarmolinski says:

    This documentary was very eye-opening for me, also. I just last week watched another documentary called Forks Over Knives. I was always leery of cow’s milk. Why are so many “intolerant”? How can we digest something that was made to be digested by a creature with a four compartment stomach? etc. I’ve made it a goal to cut dairy out of my diet, but it’s very overwhelming. It’s an ingredient in almost everything!

    • jan says:

      Try goat milk (not that I ever have, I am not intolerant of cow’s milk). If you are a Bible believer there is even a verse that says you will have goats enough for your food. Prov. 27:27 There are other verses mentioning milk, too. One mentions sheep milk. Remember, God’s description to Israel of the promised land, a land that flows with milk and honey? Maybe you need to try a different milk or heal your gut?

  2. jan says:

    I have this movie on “hold” at my library. They should be calling me any day now to tell me to pick it up.

    This caramel popcorn is delicious! http://www.seasonalfamily.com/2011/10/caramel-popcorn.html

  3. Esther says:

    My husband watched the first 1/3 with me but when I saw his schedule wouldn’t leave him free to finish it I watched the rest on my own before taking it back to the library rather than return it unfinished. Toward the beginning Joel Salatin made a connection between the way we treat the animals that comprise our meat and the way we will also treat the humans processing that same meat. I saw that played out later in the movie and it broke my heart. I don’t have access or money yet for better meat and dairy, but I have a lot more desire now to make it happen for our family sooner than later.

  4. Kelli says:

    We watched this movie about a year ago. It was very interesting to watch. We knew alot of this went on, but it was nice to be reminded also. We are lucky enough to have a small butcher shop close to where we live. All of the meat is local and being in a small rural area, we live next door to some of our food. I do make sure that the organ meat I get from Whole Foods. It is about an hour drive, but I do not want to eat any organ meat that is not organic, and unfortunalty our local butcher shop can not provide that.

  5. It’s on my Netflix instant queue waiting for me to have some time to watch it. I’ve heard such great things about it so I’m really looking forward to seeing it.

  6. alexis says:

    Its also on amazon prime for free streaming, King Corn is another good one.

  7. Sarah says:

    It’s so funny that this was the action step for this week, because my husband and I just watch it last week. I had already seen it, but wanted him to watch it too (and it’s so good, I wanted to watch it again anyway!)After we watched it, I turned to him and said, “Do you see why I won’t buy meat from the grocery store now?” He is pretty tolerant of my real food experiments anyway, but I think watching the movie did help him to understand my reasoning for wanting to switch to real food.

  8. JulieAnn says:

    We just watched this last night. I didn’t realize this was the January challenge! So eye-opening and challenging. We’re still mulling over how this will affect us this year. We’re blogging about our homesteading experiment at http://thehomesteadexperiment.wordpress.com/
    and posted about it this morning. Hmmmm…

    • Tricia says:

      Our thoughts on the movie are coming out in moments – feel free to link this up there too! So glad you are following along with us and blogging about it!

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  10. [...] This week’s challenge from Once A Month Moms’ Get Real Challenge was to get out of your kitchen and – watch a movie!  But not just any movie.  The suggestion was to watch Food Inc.  I’ve seen this movie a few times.  It seems to be played with some regularity on PBS and can also be live streamed from Netflix.  This is also one of the movies that I watched with my husband and changed his mind on the foods we ate. [...]

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