Yeah, yeah, everyone and their brother with a blog has done some kind of review about this documentary. But, I still want to get it out there how important and relevant the issues in this movie are...ESPECIALLY considering that our children's generation is the first in history to have a shorter life span than we, their parents. And I wish I could say it was because of God's rapture of His followers, but that's not necessarily the case ;)
I had prepared myself mentally and emotionally for the vast amount of information I was about to take in.
Or so I thought.
I thought I knew the gist of what I was going to see and hear. I had read the Michael Pollan, David Kessler, and Marion Nestle books about the food industry and its prioritization of profit over consumer health.
Despite all my preparations, I was in tears within the first 15 minutes of the movie.
I was enraged, grieved, and at one point felt virtually helpless.
There were several things that touched a nerve with me in the movie.
The first was how cows have to be administered antiobiotics simply to survive on the corn they're being force-fed.
We're consuming the meat and by-products of an animal being injected with medicine because it's eating what it shouldn't be eating.
The second part was how all the vitamin-void, nutrient-deprived, processed crap food is cheaper than the vitamin rich, nutrient dense, calorically beneficial food found in nature.
Food is barely food anymore.
It reminds me of a quote from the movie Say Anything. Lloyd's sister says to him,
"Why do you eat that stuff? There's no food in your food!"
The story about the family who was too busy and too "poor" to buy real food quite simply infuriated me on several levels.
Remember my post about having an Ikigai? One of my faves :)
I'm starting to believe that getting this information about the food industry's perversion of pure unadulterated into schools could be part of my Ikigai.
At the end of the movie there is a list of things to do to help make a difference in how and what you purchase, consume and support.
Going to the http://www.foodincmovie.com/ website provides even more opportunities to be proactive.
You don't have to be a prisoner of the corporate food powers that be. There is hope, there ARE options, and there are opportunities to change things.