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Get Real: Movie Week – Food Inc. – Our thoughts

**This post is part of the Get Real series. Please remember that this is meant as a learning community. We know that many of you are passionate about what you do and we want you to express that, just please do so in a way that will be an encouragement and aid to others making a transition. We want this to be a “safe space” for participants to learn. For that reason, we reserve the right to delete any comments that are not handled in this manner.

This week we challenged you to take some time and watch the movie Food Inc. Have you had a chance yet? It’s not too late! Then come back and join in on our discussion, or come by our Facebook Fan Page Night THIS Sunday at 9:00 PM EST.

Please keep in mind these are our PERSONAL thoughts and notes and we want to encourage you to come up with your own views and opinions from what you saw. And most importantly the conversations it started in your home and life! Here are a few things that Tricia and I took away from watching the film:

Kelly’s Notes:

I personally have watched it several times, and each time I watch it I learn something new and become inspired all over again about why I’m on this journey.

  • Majority of Americans have no idea where their food comes from. And most do not care to know. Is ignorance is bliss if we have such an obesity epidemic?
  • The average chain grocery store has over 50,000 products to give the appearance of variety and choice, when in fact there are a select few behind all brands.
  • Most if not all processed foods have some sort of rearrangements of corn or soy (or both) bi-products.
  • Corn is a cheap and easy to store staple. Corn farmers in the US are simply providing for the demand and because it’s a commodity crop that is heavily subsidized.
  • Corn is being scientifically created to be fed to cows and fish, who by evolution eat grass and insects alike. Causing them to have multiple health issues and increasing the need for antibiotics etc.
  • Our government agencies who are in charge of protecting what we eat are in fact being paid by many food lobbyists.
  • It appears cheaper and more convenient for families to eat fast food and highly processed foods than whole and real foods.
  • Food poisoning is on the rampant rise and becoming even harder to control and determine source.
  • Store bought and fast food ground beef is being combined with a filler washed with ammonia hydroxide to prevent E. Coli outbreaks.
  • Chickens are being engineered to produce bigger breasts for the high demand for white meat.
  • Chickens are also being engineered to grow twice as big in half the time since 1950.
  • Joel Salatin is a revolutionary man when it comes to best farm practices.
  • Interesting to compare farm direct foods from store bought when it comes to bacteria etc.
  • We CAN change the system!  ”We vote with our forks three times a day, and each time we are at the grocery store.”
  • Cooking meals at home and eating at the table is a huge first step in the process.
  • Eating one meatless dinner a week can change how you feel and the impact on the system.
  • “Eat food (means to eat real food — vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and, yes, fish and meat), mostly plants and not too much.”

Tricia’s Notes:

I have known about this movie for quite some time but had been avoiding watching it. Perhaps it was because I knew I would want to make changes in my life afterward and wasn’t quite ready? Perhaps it was because I thought I knew what I needed to know about the food industry? Whatever it was, I was wrong for not watcing it sooner. Or at least I am finally glad that I did.

The first time I watched it was about 3 months ago as we were doing some planning for this series. I had some down time and I felt like it was “time”. I had been waiting on a time I could watch it with my husband but in the end decided to watch it on my own and not wait for him. Waiting for him had become another excuse not to act.

My initial thoughts were that I loved the movie for being a look into the situation without being super pushy about what choices I should be making after watching it. Really, they don’t ever say, don’t do this or you must do that, they just present you with the state of affairs, legislation and our system and I appreciated that. I don’t like being bullied or manipulated into believing something.

I also walked away deciding to make change in some of the sources where we got food; however, I knew the battle to get my husband on board would be difficult and I wasn’t sure how I was going to do THAT! So I decided on some immediate and simple changes and hoped that as we headed into 2012 I could get him on board as well.

Since all of you were watching the movie this month, I managed to talk him into it as well. So we sat down a couple weeks ago and watched together. Again, it was another eye-opening look into our food industry and it was exactly what I needed him to see to get him on board. After watching we talked about the most important aspects to each of us and decided on some changes we both wanted to make in our every day food habits and purchases. I am excited to finally have him joining me in this journey. He still has a lot of questions, but they so do I. So with you we will spend some time learning together these next few months. And if I ever get lazy about this journey I am just going to pop in that video and watch again!

Your Thoughts?

Now it is your turn, in the comments section below – what did you get out of watching the movie? If you wrote a blog post about it please feel free to leave the link.

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15 Responses to “Get Real: Movie Week – Food Inc. – Our thoughts”

  1. Melody says:

    We watched this last January and it was literally THE catalyst to get my husband and I headed in a different direction with our food. We had a free trial of Netflix and decided to watch it one lazy evening. I generally am on the computer with the blog for a few hours at night, sometimes even while watching movies, but after about 20 minutes of this one I put the computer down and stared transfixed at the screen.

    I was seriously not prepared for what this movie was actually about. I went into it with a pre-conceived idea and it blew that out of the water. I’m totally convinced that our need for bigger, faster, better, longer, I-WANT-IT-NOW has caused this crazy food epidemic of ours. The extent in which our government has their hands in the food industry is amazing. I can no longer wonder why we are in the middle of a food epidemic.

    I feel like it was such a blessing that my husband and I just happened to watch it together. He grew up eating almost 100% processed foods, but has now taken an amazing interest in what we eat. We haven’t eaten fast food in over a year, we joined a local CSA this year, started our own backyard garden and are actually talking about what we are eating and what is/isn’t healthy. This was never a discussion we had ever had before.

    I’m not saying we are perfect or are even close to, but this movie seriously changed our thought process. I feel so much better about what we are feeding out kids. I want our kids to have a better understanding of where their food comes from then my husband and I did.

    Be warned, this movie will change how you think. Probably why Tricia said she had a hard time getting started watching it. :)

    • Melody says:

      We just watched King Corn tonight, which was about a similar theme. This one was focused mainly on the corn industry, interesting to hear farmers say they refuse to eat the corn they grow.

  2. IthacaNancy says:

    My response to the industrialization of agriculture and the food network as examined in the movie, “Food, Inc.” was to ‘vote with my fork’ and buy locally, in season from farmers whenever possible. Also we now grow our own food when we can. It has taken a commitment, and some time, but it has actually been surprisingly easy thanks to our farmers. I cook almost everything from scratch and the food tastes so much better and is better for us too. I have the satisfaction that the money I spend is supporting a sustainable food system, not one designed to maximize profit at the cost of the planet and my family’s health.

  3. JulieAnn says:

    We just watched this last night. It was so eye-opening and challenging. We’re still mulling over how this will affect us this year, but I’ve no doubt it will be integral. We’re blogging about our homesteading experiment at http://thehomesteadexperiment.wordpress.com/
    and posted about this movie just this morning.

  4. Beth says:

    My husband and I watched this movie well over a year ago, and recently I heard of another decumentary I want to see, Forks Over Knives. I have a free netflix trial that I think I will activate to watch it. I have not made major changes, but I am spending a little more for better meat (meat that I hope is chemical and hormone free) as well as better eggs. I would really like my own hens for eggs. What I found most interesting was that my husband and I took away different things from the movie. He felt it was a push for organic and he is not convinced in an organic lifestyle. Shortly after viewing, he sent me an article comparing the nutrition of an organic egg to a “regular” egg and there was no difference. I realized he sort of missed the point. I was not arguing that one food contains more nutrition. Rather that one may contain more hazards or even philosphically is just bad. I don’t want to eat highly processed food and even “natural” food is becoming tainted. Keep up the great work. Voting with my fork!

    • IthacaNancy says:

      The difference in quality can be seen with the eye if you crack open an egg from a truly free-range hen and one from a caged hen. Check out the website Eat Wild for more info. Just as the fat profile for larger meat animals gets skewed if the are fed a grain heavy diet, the nutrient profile of eggs depends on what the chickens eat – organic grains are still grains. Our hens scour four acres for bugs (including deer ticks that spread Lyme disease). Their yolks are almost fluorescent orange. Full of good stuff! And our chickens lead self-directed happy lives – as happy as a chicken can get anyway!

      • Tricia says:

        I was amazed the first time we bought cage free eggs at how yellow they were. And how great they tasted. Can’t wait to cover this in more detail later this year.

  5. Has any websites out there taken the facts from this movie and fact checked them? I have not seen the movie. Why? I am skeptical of it’s authenticity and fact worthiness from a scientific point of view. Have considered watching it and may do so, but I think I need to be convinced it is worthwhile to watch it.

    • Tricia says:

      You should watch it first. I was skeptical for the same reasons but it is not an opinion movie. It is a documentary of pulled together facts. All of which you can look into yourself if you are still doubtful.

    • Amand says:

      one fact checked: http://petersonfarms.com/history.html

      I’ve not seen the movie but was reading about chicken breeding this past week, thus the link. I ended up wondering that if inbreeding among humans & other mammals causes problems, why does it not cause problems for chickens (that we then eat!). Apparently the whole world has been using the same chicken DNA for the past 50+ years. Maybe I misunderstood the “Peterson Male” & “Peterson Female.”

  6. Jodi says:

    I rented this from our library a couple of weeks ago. It was very disturbing to both my husband and I. We have made small changes including visiting our “Winter” farmers market for the past 3 Saturdays. We are currently trying to get rid of our stockpile and replacing all the ingredients. It is a work in progress but I don’t think that I would be as important to us if we hadn’t watched this movie. Our next movie that we have waiting at the library for us is “Dirt – the movie”

    • Tricia says:

      That is great to hear! I love that you have started with the Winter farmers market too. It does take time and small steps.

    • vicki says:

      I hear you about getting rid of my stockpile. I was into couponing and purchasing items (processed items) for little or no money. Now that I am thinking about it, no nutritional value either. Now when I think about what I spend on whole foods, I don’t feel bad, I feel proud that I am taking steps for my family and my health.

      • Tricia says:

        Good for you! Great way to look at it. I will be honesty I struggle with that a bit and need to train my brain to think less about savings and more about health.

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