Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Food Inc.

This weekend Lolly and I watched Food Inc. With the trepidation we felt when we sat down to watch it, you would have thought we were preparing to watch a horror film. Mister wouldn't have any part of watching it.

As a former vegetarian I was pretty aware of what the film was going to say and show so I wasn't completely shocked with some of the movie's content. I am also pretty good at picking through the usage of music, pictures, and words to evoke emotions so I feel I am pretty open minded.

When it ended, I didn't know if I wanted to cry or puke.

Here's where it left me. A really large grocery bill at Whole Foods for locally grown and grass fed beef this week. I am ok with the raising of cattle for slaughter. What I am not ok with is conditions so bad they can't move, their legs breaking under the weight of their bodies and using forklifts to move their bodies while they are still alive. That is just one image that's hard to forget.

And another thing, have you heard of these dark chicken houses or whatever that they raise chickens in? Not good. I think it's safe to say I won't be buying anything with the name Tyson or Perdue stuck to the package anytime soon. Do you know how hard it is to find whole chickens (bones and all) at the grocery store? I don't think that's addressed in the movie but I think there's something to that.

Anyway, have you seen the movie? Did it change the way you eat?


Scientific Housewife said...

I'm not going to lie, I am scared to watch it because I know it will change my whole outlook on food. For now, I am blissfully ignorant.

teresa-bug said...

It totally changed the way I eat (and spend grocery money!). There are a lot of Purdue and Tyson chicken farms in this state...but I buy my chickens from the local farmers. That chicken scene where the little fat chicken couldn't stand up b/c he was so fat broke my heart!!!