Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Food, Inc.

We finally watched it. There were a lot of sighs and chuckles of disbelief coming from Sean and I as we watched. Some of the stuff was truly unbelieveable. There are two things that keep playing through my mind, even days after seeing the documentary.

One was Kevin Kowalcyk. He was 2-1/2 years old when he ate a hamburger contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. Two weeks later he was dead. Read more about it here, Kevin's Law.

The second was the fact that there are only 13 meat slaughterhouses in the US. All the meat that is consumed by American's is processed through 13 slaughterhouses. My goodness! Can you imagine the bacteria that is flying around those places? And the way they treat those animals, I couldn't watch those parts. It's sad, I know we're just following the sequence of the food chain but how it's done and how the meat is handled, needs to change.

For a moment while watching Food, Inc. I thought, "I'm never eating meat again." But I knew I couldn't stick to that, I love meat. I love vegetables too, but not that much. So I've decided that I am going to try and find a local farmer who grass-feeds their animals. We'll see how much luck I have at that.

If you haven't seen it, you must watch it and learn the truth about the foods you eat. If you have watched it, feel free to share your views about it in the comments section. Also, I was wondering about something. We stopped eating ground beef a while ago and now we substitute with ground turkey. Why wasn't this featured on Food, Inc. and is there anything I need to know about how that is processed?


Courtney said...

I stopped eating meat in September of 2006 and rarely miss it, if ever. Food Inc. and other books/movies like it and visiting sweet cows and cute piglets at a local farm always strengthen my resolve.

Chris Sturdy said...

I haven't seen Food Inc. but plan to. The link below is to a web site that is an excellent resource for all things food, fitness and heath related:

There is a tremendous amount of information here and I have learned a ton from it in the past 10 months or so. Basically, the less processing of any food we eat, the better.

The Pitter Patter Boutique said...

Thanks for the link Chris, I'll check it out. I just found and it seems like a pretty cool site.

Dreamscapes Baby Boutique said...

Jack and I watched it and it made us sick. I had already been buying from local farmers markets in the summer, going to organic dairy, and adding in organic fruits and veggies...but this made me really rethink regular meat. Now I buy meat that's only grass fed and it tastes so much better! The first pork chop I made was perhaps the most delicious I've ever had.
A friend of mine just turned me onto this new cookware that keeps metal out from your food. Saladsomethingorother. I'll have to think about what the name was.
I'm also doing Jillian Michael's Master Your Metabolism. We've been doing organic lawn care so far and getting rid of toxins.