I went to see Food, Inc. this weekend, and I really enjoyed the film. I read Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma last fall, and the book was used as a reference for the documentary film.
The film takes a deeper look at the origin of the food that we buy from local grocery stores. There are a couple of gross-out moments in the movie when cameras catch the inner workings of several meat processing plants.
The filmmakers left the audience with 10 simple things you can do to change our food system
- Stop drinking sodas and other sweetened beverages.
- Eat at home instead of eating out.
- Support the passage of laws requiring chain restaurants to post calorie information on menus and menu boards.
- Tell schools to stop selling sodas, junk food, and sports drinks.
- Meatless Mondays—Go without meat one day a week.
- Buy organic or sustainable food with little or no pesticides.
- Protect family farms; visit your local farmer’s market.
- Make a point to know where your food comes from—READ LABELS.
- Tell Congress that food safety is important to you.
- Demand job protections for farm workers and food processors, ensuring fair wages and other protections.
I probably will not take every step in the list, but I will shop with a closer eye the next time I go to the grocery store.
You can watch the film’s trailer here.