Thursday, April 8, 2010

Food, Inc. - The Movie

I finally was able to watch the movie Food, Inc. last night (yes, it's a 2009 movie, but with two small children you see what you can when you can).

First, if you are a dietitian or anyone who is involved in the food and nutrition industry, you must see Food, Inc.

Second, if you happen to live in America and eat food in America, you must see Food, Inc.

As the movie says, it "lifts the veil" on the food industry, exposing the behind-the-scenes mechanics of where the food in America comes from - following the trail from "seed to supermarket".

Why is it more expensive to buy a pound of broccoli than chips and soda in the grocery store? Why is high fructose corn syrup so prevalent in many of our foods? What has happened to the American farmer in the last fifty years and how he makes his living? Why are potentially life-threatening bacteria like E. Coli and salmonella showing up in our food supply - and what has the FDA and USDA done (or not done) about it? Who is controlling our meat and poultry supplies and why? How did this all happen?

The documentary-style movie answers these questions (and more) with sometimes jaw-dropping revelations and clarity. And it outlines ideas on what we can do about it.

For me as a dietitian, I am simultaneously thrilled and appalled: thrilled that this movie was made as it helps to educate the public, something about which I am passionate; yet appalled at what we have become as a nation. It helped to solidify my understanding of how the food system works and validate many of my own food choices. But it's lasting impact for me is how it will certainly change the way my family eats from now on.

You have to know and understand what you are eating.

Rent this movie to find out for yourself; or get it for free at your local library. You can also go to their website to read more about it and see a clip. Let me know what you think.

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