Friday, May 29, 2009

Food, Inc.

Food, Inc. is a documentary of sorts that will be released in June. In Minnesota it will be playing at the Lagoon Theatre in Minneapolis.

The movie details genetic engineering, cloning, environmental impacts and pesticides all involved in the processing of our food.

Anchor Eric Schlosser of Fast Food Nation tours many of the food processing facilities and apparently we will be quite shocked as what takes place.

One day as I was shopping at Walmart for cleaning supplies I walked through the meat section. I couldn't believe that chicken breasts were advertised as $5.99 for 3 pounds! I walked over to check out the breasts and saw that they were GIGANTIC! Each breast was just shy of a pound. Instead of becoming excited to find such a bargain I became afraid. What in the world happened to the chickens to make the breasts so large? What were they fed? What drugs were pumped into them to make them grow so large? Eeek.

For the past year I have been purchasing grass fed beef-purchasing a 1/4 and then a 1/2 from a local farmer. He sells me my chickens and eggs as well. I have been purchasing only organic fruits and vegetables, I bake my own bread out of local grains and planted my vegetable garden a few weeks ago. The Minneapolis Farmers Market opened yesterday, is open each Thursday. I can't wait to begin to shop there once summer vacation begins for me (only one more week)!

I am anxious to see this film, it will show the connection between food companies, government and health practitioners. Ought to be interesting.


SteveQ said...

The oversized chicken breasts are a result of breeding, not chemicals (the poor things are barely able to walk). Also, the meat is usually injected with salt water to plump them - you end up paying less per pound, but the pounds are largely water.

For the record, I've never even been inside a Wal-Mart.

Minneapolis Farmers Market said...

Julie, we're actually open 7 days a week at our main location (Lyndale and 55).

Danni said...

Right on Julie, I like your consumption habits. I also feel horrible for the factory farm animals, personal health aside. Such grossness in our food chain. Ick.