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Food Inc: disturbing doco on food production

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Food Inc: disturbing doco on food production

Postby Ben » Tue May 11, 2010 4:01 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: Food Inc: disturbing doco on food production

Postby Pannapetar » Tue May 11, 2010 2:12 pm

Boy, I am glad I live in the land of noodle stalls where nutritious and cheap food is abundant. :D

I wonder if Americans also put burgers into the alms bowls of all these Californian monks.

Yummy. :roll:

Seems to be along the lines of the "Supersize me" documentary.

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Re: Food Inc: disturbing doco on food production

Postby Anicca » Tue May 11, 2010 7:08 pm

PBS ran it during the Earth Day festivities, you can watch a If you are a member you can watch it full length online at or get the dvd for home viewing.

Portrayed many aspects of how things went wrong. One aspect - large corporations (remaining nameless here) were able to shape the entire industries to fit their bottom line profits and in the process destroy not only the integrity of the product and the health of the consumer but the vitality of the market place and the ability of the workers to be anything more than indentured servants - slaves if you will.

Very upsetting - but they were 'preaching to the choir' at our house - wife and i buy organic local produce as much as possible at farmer's markets - free-range organic eggs and organic cheese, org soy milk etc - we are both veggies almost vegan. First organic garden and milk goats in the early 70's. Today still have a garden - yard and flowers all organic.

Can go into any specifics you'd like.

The same mentality keeps us out of the "big box" stores and seeking out the locally owned and intelligently staffed smaller stores whenever possible. It may seem that you pay more for such things - but movies like this document the way i've always viewed it - you pay more in 'hidden costs' for the cheaper stuff in the long run.

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Re: Food Inc: disturbing doco on food production

Postby alan » Wed May 12, 2010 1:01 am

Can recommend Fast Food Nation without hesitation. I'd like to see it become required reading in US high schools.

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Re: Food Inc: disturbing doco on food production

Postby Monkey Mind » Wed May 12, 2010 6:51 pm

Ironies being what they are... I just watched this a couple of day ago. It has me thinking, profoundly. I did not hear anything new, but I saw some things that scared me deeply. Combine that with Ben's recent thread about the evil's of chocolate, and I am about ready to make some major changes about what I eat and why. (Why'd it have to be CHOCOLATE? I would gladly give up most of my bad habits, but chocolate? Final proof that there is no God....)

I was raised on a soy bean farm. Even in the 1970's, there was an awareness of some kind of evil plot developing. Farmers were selling their produce to some unnamed, unknown corporation that repeatedly eliminated the competition and then demanded cheaper prices. My childhood soybean farm is a shopping mall now.
"As I am, so are others;
as others are, so am I."
Having thus identified self and others,
harm no one nor have them harmed.

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Re: Food Inc: disturbing doco on food production

Postby Agent » Thu May 13, 2010 1:15 am

I thought it was an excellent documentary. The evils of the Monsanto corporation are beyond what I imagined (and I imagined some pretty bad stuff considering they bought out the company where my mother worked and then systematically destroyed the lives of all it's employees as best they could). It will definitely make you want to start buying local. Makes me wish I lived somewhere with year round farmers markets.
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Re: Food Inc: disturbing doco on food production

Postby Anicca » Thu May 13, 2010 1:36 am

Not just Monsanto!

Yeah - outdoor gardening is seasonal - see if you can find hydroponic or aquaponic growers for year-round.

An awesome supplement / alternative / option to Farmer's Markets is - check it out in your area!

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Re: Food Inc: disturbing doco on food production

Postby Agent » Thu May 13, 2010 1:54 am

The only year round growing that happens around here is limited to greenhouses, which are few and far between. Most are used only in the months before spring to get a bit of a head start.
I also don't find myself in a financial situation that will allow me to support the food systems I would like to. I'll take a look at the CSA info though, that sounds like it might be a good option and I've been meaning to look into it. I would love to buy all organic, grass fed, free range, etc. but cannot afford to. I do the best I can, though, and try to support the local farmers as much as possible. Even though I have to stretch my budget to do so I feel it's important to support sustainable food to the best of my ability. Plus the more people that do it the cheaper it will become. Right now demand is low so prices remain high.
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Re: Food Inc: disturbing doco on food production

Postby Agent » Thu May 13, 2010 1:22 pm

Haha, talk about reward points!

Thank you for your kind words, Anicca. It's good to know other people have similar values. Helps me keep perspective.
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