Friday, November 27, 2009

Food Inc. the movie

I tried to see this movie this summer but it was either sold out or not available in my area.   I finally rented it from Netflex when it came out this month.  Whenever a movie like this comes out I get such an affirmation by watching it to continue with my dreams of becoming less and less dependant on the large chain grocery stores.  

Some of the facts and interesting tidbits in the movie :

  • There are on average 47,000 products in the typical grocery store but much of that is corn based so although it seems like great variety it is, in fact, not.

  • McDonalds is the largest purchaser of pototoes.

  • Tyson is the biggest meat packing company in the history of the world.

  • It's 48 days to slaughter for chickens factory farmed in which time they never see sunlight.

  • One of the biggest predictors of obesity is a low income level.

  • One in three American  people born after 2000 will develop  early onset diabeties  
Polyface Farm was in a segment of the movie.  I've known about Polyface for sometime but I haven't been one of their customers.   I certainly live close enough....about 40 miles away and they have buying clubs in the town right next to mine that they deliver to regularly.   I finally bit the bullet and put my frugal side in my pocket and joined the ranks of being a Polyface customer.  It has been hard to accept paying the price they are getting and I might add they deserve, when you can buy what they are selling so much less expensively in a large chain grocery store but I feel it's well worth it now.  And in fact it's really not the same product either.  Not all beef is created equally.  I can't produce it all right now on my little 3 acres.  Maybe I can get close in time. It is certainly my goal.   For now I will spend the additional money for honest food that I am not yet able to produce at home. 

Rent the movie if you can.  It's worth watching.

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