food, inc - next steps.

last night, we finally watched food, inc. and i am exhausted this morning. both from the intensity of the movie, but also from the heated debate it sparked between mr frederickson and i.

but my late night was well worth it, as it was one of the most interesting and upsetting films i have seen in a long time (although admittedly, i don't typically chose documentaries or any movie that might be upsetting in anyway!) and it really does make you think about the way we as a country, and we as individuals behave when it comes to food and lifestyle. take a quick look...

i thought one of the best parts of the film was that it didn't end with you thinking "ok, this is a problem, but what the heck can i do?" but rather gave you a list of easy next steps and ways you can change your behavior and make a difference...

  1. stop drinking sodas and other sweetened beverages. you can lose 25 lbs in a year by replacing one 20 oz soda a day with a no calorie beverage, ideally water. (woo hoo...i just did this!!!)
  2. eat at home instead of eating out. children consume almost twice (1.8 times) as many calories when eating food prepared outside the home.
  3. support the passage of laws requiring chain restaurants to post calorie information on menus and menu boards. half of the leading chain restaurants provide no nutritional information to their customers. (this law just passed in vermont!!!)
  4. tell schools to stop selling sodas, junk food, and sports drinks. over the last two decades, rates of obesity have tripled in children and adolescents aged 6 to 19 years.
  5. meatless mondays - go without meat one day a week. an estimated 70% of all antibiotics used in the u.s.are given to farm animals. (new weekly blog idea!?)
  6. buy organic or sustainable food with little or no pesticides. according to the epa, over 1 billion pounds of pesticides are used each year in the u.s.
  7. protect family farms; visit your local farmer's market. farmer's markets allow farmers to keep 80 to 90 cents of each dollar spent by the consumer. (thank goodness, vermont has more farmer's per capita than any other state. for a complete list, click here. and for a national list, here.)
  8. make a point to know where your food comes from—READ LABELS. the average meal travels 1500 miles from the farm to your dinner plate.
  9. tell congress that food safety is important to you. each year, contaminated food causes millions of illnesses and thousands of deaths in the u.s.
  10. demand job protections for farm workers and food processors, ensuring fair wages and other protections.

see? easy, right? we can do it! to prove it, i'm off to the farmer's market this afternoon, am going to sign up for my summer CSA ASAP, and visit this site to see what else i can do to help. i think you should to.

ok, that's all. i'm getting off my soapbox, now. i promise!

Lady Grey  – (May 20, 2010 at 8:27 AM)  

you said it! It's time for some major change!

I also loved that the film wasn't overly negative but instead focused on what we can do to start fixing things.

Amy@OldSweetSong  – (May 20, 2010 at 9:45 AM)  

It was a terrific movie, so intense! I wrote a similar blog post about it after I watched it. We all need to pay more attention where our food comes from.

McCarthyEJ  – (May 20, 2010 at 10:35 AM)  

Great movie. Not too graphic for those who cannot stomach it but just something to make you think about where your food comes from. Liz and I joined a CSA for our veggies and have started a garden last summer thanks to this movie.

Erin  – (May 20, 2010 at 12:14 PM)  

when i see you give up Diet Coke it will officially be the end of the world

Kyra –   – (May 20, 2010 at 12:55 PM)  

Hi Katie-

It is a very powerful movie, one that everyone should see. Take a look at the campaign my organization is running called Value [the] Meal.

Our food system is broken, but we can do so much to fix it! Spread the word!

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