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.
I am currently enrolled in a business and public policy course for my MBA studies. I have a research project due in the middle of November, in which I am supposed to focus on The Food Crisis. “What food crisis?” you may ask. The instructor has left the assignment wide open, and we can choose any aspect of a current food crisis in the world.
The assignment is as follows:
- Research the full context of the problem
- Look at the historical situations which posed similar issues and policy challenges
- Identify all of the stakeholders and list their concerns, values, and desired solutions to the problem
- Conduct two personal interviews with stakeholders in the situation
- Write a policy paper, recommending a policy-making process for the federal government (or any other countries government) that incorporates the shared values of all stakeholders
I have a couple ideas for the paper, but I have not settled on any specific crisis. If you are reading this blog post and would like to give me an idea for this paper, or point me toward a stakeholder willing to be interviewed, feel free to leave a comment.