I finally got around to watching Food Inc, which I checked out of the library (love the library!). I made David sit down and watch it with me last night, and after he got over the fact that it was NOT a Michael Moore movie (which made him want to be combative about it, go figure), we were both sucked in.
I loved this movie. I mean, I loved it. It was a great mix of all the latest, greatest investigative journalists about food (Erich Schlosser, Michael Pollan) and their books as well as some new stories and some downright awesome photography.
I wrote a great post about the true cost of food and how I realize that (because I can), I need to buck up and spend more money on organic, local, sustainable foods. This was a great rant until we went over our finances over the last few months. Whew. It’s eye opening.
I had started to think that I need to supplement some grocery-store meat into our monthly meal plans to help curb some of our food spending.
Well, we got done with the movie, and David says to me, “You can spend as much money on food as you want.”
Hah! Right! I know, that’s exactly what I was thinking! Way to throw that last nail on the coffin for our food choices.
Frankly, I strongly believe that food matters. And if I needed to choose between spending my money on medicine or spending it on good food, I would like to think I would choose the food because I know how much of a difference it makes.
Our food is personal – it becomes our cells and our bodies and even our thoughts. So why do we make hasty, thoughtless choices about the origin of our food? Why do we choose the soda and chips instead of the carrots and the water?
Food Inc answers that question better than I could. So if you haven’t seen the movie, you should watch it, especially if you don’t have the time to read all the books out there like Fast Food Nation and The Omnivore’s Dilemma. The movie covers all the major points of those books really well, and also gives some other great information.
So instead of supplementing our diet with CAFO meats, I think I’ll just make more vegetarian meals, thank you very much.