I watched Food, INC. last night with my husband. If you know me, you know that I am already very concerned with what my family eats & try my best to feed them healthy meals. I may post a lot of sugary & fattening recipes, but in actuality, I rarely make food like that. This movie just fanned the flame of my slightly granola-ish hippy eating habits. I seriously was dreaming about inhumane chicken coops last night!
The condition of our nation's food industry really concerns me. More and more people are developing life-altering diseases like diabetes. And the more "advanced" our society gets in the technological world, the lazier we as a people become as we spend increasing amounts of time in front of electronic gadgetry. Childhood obesity is rampant! I don't know about you, but when I was young there were one (maybe two) fat kids in my grade school class. Now I walk into a school & I swear that half of the children are overweight! The cost of insurance & health care is going through the roof & I believe it's because our "healthy habits" are going down the toilet.
Here are a few ways you can change the way the system works. Make your own meals & use as little processed foods as possible, try to buy organic when possible, buy locally grown produce & free range meats. It may cost a little more, but do you really want to be putting ammonia treated beef, arsenic laced turkey, and ethylene ripened tomatoes into your body? Supply & demand! If we refuse to buy unhealthy food & opt for only nutritious food, then grocery stores & food companies have no choice but to provide consumers with what they want.
If you haven't seen this documentary I urge you to take 90 minutes and watch it, maybe while you're walking on your treadmill to counteract the "laziness" factor of movie watching ;). I thought that I knew a lot about where the food we get comes from, but I learned a lot! After watching the movie, I felt a little overwhelmed. After all, I am just one person in a country of 310 million people. How could I possibly solve this HUGE problem? But I realized that it has to start with me...and hopefully with you too.