Thursday, May 6, 2010
Food, Inc. and Those Poor Chickens
At the insistence of Oprah, Dr. Oz and Emerging Mummy , I watched the documentary"Food, Inc."
I am now mad at Oprah, Dr. Oz and Emerging Mummy because I have lost all appetite for:
1. Big, fat juicy burgers
2. Pepperoni pizza
3. My $5.99 economy bag of chicken breasts
"Food, Inc." answers the most basic question: Where does our food come from? I truly thought I knew. Turns out, I had no idea.
*Manda Mae, stop reading now*
The documentary goes behind closed doors at the chicken farms, slaughter houses and feed lots. What they do to animals is brutal; I was deeply disturbed:
-Chickens genetically altered so badly by hormones that they can't even walk because their breasts are so large.
-Animals that have never experienced fresh air, green grass or sunlight .
-Animals screaming at the torture they endure.
-Animals covered in manure which, Surprise! Surprise!, gets mixed up all together in our "ground meat." That meat then gets treated with a bleach solution to clean it right up. REALLY?
They said in the film that if there were glass doors on these places, everyone would be a vegetarian.
I'm considering it.
The film also goes into great detail about the abuse of farmers, government failures to act, alarming U.S. health statistics and our addiction to cheap food. I found their information to be thorough, accurate and sobering. The film ended with the admonition that we, as consumers, get 3 votes per day to decide change: breakfast, lunch and dinner. I'm changing the vote in our house from this day forward.
I have proclaimed a food revolution in our kitchen:
-We are not eating fast food beef or pork now that I've seen exactly what "meat fillers" are.
-We will buy organic meat and dairy.
-We will start shopping at farmer's markets.
-I will write nasty letters to the USDA.
I have officially broken up with processed foods...something I thought could never, never, never happen.