Food on Friday – Food Inc

Last night Steve and I watched Food, Inc. which is a documentary on the nation’s food industry, lifting the veil on the atrocious policies and practices of the companies that make our food.

Throughout the film, you are taken behind the scenes to see where the items that we buy at local grocery stores are actually coming from. Everyday staples such as chicken, beef, eggs, and pantry items.

Now that we have this knowledge, we are trying to figure out how to move forward without over reacting, but still desiring to make changes. Not only changes that will affect our family, the way we eat and our health, but changes to society.  On this blog, I’ve written a bit about human trafficking and human injustice, but this film took it to another level for me. It’s not only the way our food (animals) are treated but those workers who are giving their lives to these industries in order that they may be gain enough to feed their families as well.

It’s easy to get fired up about something like this and then get lazy and go back to the way I’ve always done things. But I’ve bookmarked the website TakePart which I hope to read regularly to receive updates and information on the food industry, fair trade and better ways of eating. One thing that stuck to me is that we can make a difference and basically cast a vote for reform three times a day, simply by the way we choose to eat.

I highly recommend watching Food, Inc. However be warned because you will never look at meat, soybeans, corn, farmers or grocery stores the same.

Off to the Farmers Market.

How have you found ways to feed your family better with organic, locally grown and fair trade foods?

(You can join the Food on Friday carnival by posting your favorite recipe, restaurant, tip or anything else food related then going here to share it).