Food, Inc. & Video On Demand
“Farmers are going to deliver to the marketplace what the marketplace demands…. People have got to start demanding good wholesome food of us and we’ll deliver, I promise you…we’re very ingenious people.” Farmer in movie Food, Inc.
Do you have any idea how our food is grown, harvested, and processed? Any idea what’s in it?
Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds, for riches don’t last forever, and the crown might not be secure for the next generation. (Prov. 27:23,24; NLT)
Saturday night Sharon and I had a couple of interesting and unique experiences together. Bottom line, we rented and watched a movie, which I’m eager to tell you more about, and we rented and watched that movie streamed to our computer through a new (to us anyway) technology being offered by Amazon.com.
Let’s start with Amazon. They have a service called Video On Demand that allows you to rent (or buy) movies from them and instantly watch them, in HD, on your computer or TV (if you know how to hook your computer up to your TV). For $2.99, we rented the movie from Amazon for 24 hours and were instantly able to watch it. Not a bad deal when you compare that to your local video rental outlet. Check it out some evening when you’re looking for something to do.
What was most significant however, was the movie we rented. “Food, Inc.” Watch the trailer on Today’s link. “The way we eat has changed more in the last 50 years than in the previous 10,000…The [food] industry doesn’t want you to know the truth about what you’re eating, because if you knew, you might not want to eat it.”
This is one of those investigative journaling movies and the practices that are exposed are nothing short of shocking. There is literally a veil between us consumers and the truth about where our foods are coming from. Agriculture has become a mega-business. In fact, farms are actually a thing of the past. Truth be known, they are not farms anymore — they are factories; owned and controlled by a small hand full of major food producers.
The message of the movie is ultimately an appeal to us as consumers to “vote” to change the system. As the movie points out, we can vote three times a day. When we go to the supermarket, we can choose foods that are in season, foods that are organic, and we can pay attention to what’s in our foods by caring, being informed, and reading the labels.
This is not a “happy” movie, but one that you should make it a point to see. All it takes is a spare evening and less than $3.
Father, we have come so far in the name of technology and progress and still have no real understanding regarding the long term effects of that progress.
Link of the Day
Food, Inc. Trailer
Blessings on you as you choose to become better informed about the foods you eat.