As children we naively believe that what you’re really eating comes from the shelves of our local supermarket, not from farms or dairies or factories, which crank out the morsels our taste buds crave in massive quantities. But did you ever stop and ask yourself is what we’re eating tainted by the way in which it’s being produced? Has the quality and benefits of the food we’re consuming on a daily basis been diluted in order to meet the high demands of the buying public?
At my sister in law’s suggestion, my wife and I tuned in to a recently produced documentary entitled, “Food, Inc.” – all about what we’re really eating.
In short, filmmaker Robert Kenner uncovers a startling reality about the way in which food in the United States is produced, and the consent our own governmental agencies (the USDA and the FDA) provide on these unthinkable practices. Let me just say this: when you see a clip of a living cow being hoisted into a factory by a forklift because it’s too weak to walk, you know what you’re about to see will make you question everything you put inside your mouth.
One would think that the companies providing us with the food we eat and our government officials, who continually profess to have the lives of everyday citizens as its highest priority, would be more concerned about where our food is coming from before it arrives on our plates. But sadly, it’s all about profits – as is just about everything else in this world.
We no longer care about the end result, just as long as it’s cheap to produce, allowing huge conglomerates to accrue as much money as possible into their greedy little pockets. And guess who suffers? The consumer, as always, as food prices skyrocket and side labels contain ingredients that many of us can barely pronounce – not to mention the strain these mass produced foods are causing to our bodies.
But if there’s anything Americans do best it’s burying their heads in the sand and pretending the problem doesn’t exist. I’m sure there’s a continual supply of the film “Food, Inc.” available at movie rental houses for people just don’t want to hear about it because then they might actually have to change the way in which they live their lives.
There are very few things we can control in this world, but we certainly can control what it is we’re putting in our mouths – what we’re really eating. It’s a way in which to send a message to companies putting profit ahead of our health and those in government receiving kickbacks to simply look the other way. Maybe it might cost you a little more or be a slight inconvenience to you at first, but isn’t it worth it to be able to accurately answer the question what are we really eating?