Recently the Woodbine Farmers’ Market sponsored a Movie in the Garden featuring the documentary Food Inc. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly encourage you to do so. For a GREAT synopsis of the movie, you can read one here on the blogsite Not Without Salt.
Food, Inc. “lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA.” (www.foodincmovie.com) It does so in a way that is honest and not intended purely for shock value but to inform and educate the often misguided and undereducated consumer.
Instead of being left with a feeling of dispair, the film does a great job at ending with hope and ways to help combat the current food crisis. Here are the final quotes from the movie:
The irony is that the average consumer does not feel very powerful. They feel they are the recipients of what the industry has put out there for them to consume. And the reality is, it is the exact opposite. When we run an item across the super market scanner we are voting for local or not, organic or not. Individual consumers can and have changed the some of the biggest companies based on their preference. To eat healthy in this country is more expensive then eating badly and it will take more time and more money to make the change on a policy level so that the carrots are a better deal than a bag of chips. People think these companies are so big and so powerful and feel they will never change them. Look at the tobacco industry, it had huge control of public policy, and that control was broken. The battle over tobacco is the perfect model of how an industry’s irresponsible behavior can be changed. You have to understand that we farmers have to deliver to the market what the market place demands. If you want to buy $2 milk you are going to get a feed lot in your back yard, it’s that simple.
- You can vote to change the system THREE TIMES A DAY
- When you go to the supermarket, buy foods that are LOCAL, IN SEASON, AND ORGANIC
- Know what’s in your food, READ LABELS
- The average meal travels 1500 miles from the farm to the supermarket, BUY FOODS THAT ARE LOCALLY GROWN
- SHOP AT FARMERS’ MARKETS
- Ask your school to provide your kids with HEALTHY LUNCHES
- YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD WITH EVERY BITE