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Archive for May, 2009

Food Inc.

Food Inc. will be in theatres in about two weeks (June 12). I really do think that this movie could change the way things are done in this country in regards to the food industry.

Monsanto is scared and already has a rebuttal on their website (http://www.monsanto.com/foodinc/).

Here is an interesting review from the Chicago Tribune food blog about how the movie is great but is a tough sell for movie theatres since the stuff they sell (popcorn, soda) is what is being ripped by the movie (http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/thestew/2009/04/food-inc-movie-great-but-a-challenge-for-theaters.html).

Another great documentary called The Future of Food is available on Hulu (for free) and will be available on DVD in the coming weeks. This documentary also sheds light on the evils of agribusiness. You can watch it here:

http://www.hulu.com/watch/67878/the-future-of-food

Both Food Inc. and The Future of Food are eye-opening documentaries that I hope will bring some change to America in the way our food is delivered to our tables.

He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise. ~Henry David Thoreau

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I went to the garden plot last evening to check on the tomato/pepper seedlings and to water the garden. The seedlings are still looking a little weak, but a few days of sun and not being pounded by heavy rain should help. The beets and onions are really shooting up as is the lettuce. The clouds overhead last night were beautiful, here are some pics:



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I spent the past two evenings transplanting the tomato and pepper seedlings at the garden plot. I decided to transplant 2 plants each of the 5 varieties of tomatoes and peppers. We now have transplanted everything except for the eggplant and some additional beet seeds. Here are some pics of the transplants:

When I go into the garden with a spade, and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration and health that I discover that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have done with my own hands.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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On Saturday, Karen, Laura, Natalie and I spent the day working on the garden at Karen’s. We started the day by heading to Downtown Home and Garden for supplies and top soil. Then to pick up some compost from the Ann Arbor Compost Center. We then spent the next couple of hours hoeing the weeds, pulling up onions, garlic, and mint to replant elsewhere. We also took time to create a foot path out of mulch. Finally we sowed 2 types of cucumbers (Early Fortune cucumber and the A&C pickling cucumber), and the Cheyenne Bush/Pumpkin Squash

Here are the before and after pictures:

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