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Natalie and I ventured to Royal Oak last night to see a showing of Food Inc. The movie was great, and as good as I thought it would be. We both had a pretty good understanding of the issues going in, and to see them described in more detail was very eye opening. A lot of reviews I have read mentioned that after you see Food Inc. you will never eat the same way again, which in my opionion is a very good thing. To see how evil corporations (Tyson, Perdue, Monsanto, Smithfield) operate should make us all call for change. Yes, the movie is very one-sided, but throughout the movie you see that none of these corporations would be interviewed for the movie. Instead they decide to post a response on their website, for example, http://www.monsanto.com/foodinc/. You can even take a quiz/an ‘explanation’ of their side of the story, have fun!

I encourage everyone who reads my blog to go see this movie, it opens in Ann Arbor at the Michigan Theatre on July 18. If you don’t live in Ann Arbor, you can find when the movie will be playing near you by going to http://www.magpictures.com/dates.aspx?id=3e3938d1-b785-4286-9ae0-8eb5952f1480.

In the meantime please sign this petition to get real food back in our schools http://www.slowfoodusa.org/index.php/campaign/time_for_lunch. Your signature will be used in a public display of support during this year’s reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act. Here is the Time for Lunch Policy Platform http://www.slowfoodusa.org/downloads/campaigns/time_for_lunch-platform.pdf.

Natalie and I visited Rowe’s Produce farm last week and picked 11-pounds of strawberries for under $20 (strawberries were $1.46/Ib). The crazy thing is we stopped at Whole Foods on the way home to pick up some ice cream and saw Michigan strawberries for $3.99/Ib. Here are some pics from our strawberry picking…



Fianlly here are some updated garden pics…

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed”

-Mahandas K. Gandhi
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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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Just thought I would post an article about the White House veggie garden, this is so exciting…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/09/michelle-obama-gardens-wi_n_185287.html

I also wanted to take time to comment on the book I am currently reading ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma’ by Michael Pollan. I am about half way through this great eye opening book and it is amazing to me the stuff that happens with the agriculture industry. They do all they can to produce as much shitty corn as possible, then process it a million times over and add it to the food supply. It is no wonder 1 in 5 children are now obese in the country. In a recent Ohio State-Temple study 1 in 5 American 4-year-olds is obese. Here is the story:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/06/child-obesity-study-one-i_n_183790.html

I really appreciate what President and Michelle Obama have done to introduce the country to gardening but I think they are going to have to do more. Agribusiness has to be reformed or else we are going to get more stories like this (from the NY Times today):

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/10/health/policy/10food.html?_r=2&partner=rss&emc=rss

To make things even more interesting, big agribussiness like Monsanto (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsanto) is trying to buy up all heirloom seed companies and make that industry obsolete. Now this is just my opinion but this article seems to point out what is going on…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kerry-trueman/fedco-seeds-the-david-to_b_178581.html

Also there is a documentary that will be out this summer called Food, Inc. here is the trailer…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqQVll-MP3I

Finally for any who read this blog, please sign the following petitions, Thank you…

http://fooddeclaration.org/
http://www.organicconsumers.org/monfax.cfm

I promise not to ‘preach’ any more, until next time…

Monotony is the law of nature. Look at the monotonous manner in which the sun rises. The monotony of necessary occupations is exhilarating and life-giving.

– Mohandas K. Gandhi

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