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May 05, 2007



Actually, MSNBC has been showing this off and on, especially on weekends. I've noticed it at least twice in the past few months.


The answer to the question "Why is this being allowed to happen?" can be taken right from your own writing above:

"Industrial agriculture--continues to offer **cheap** food and food products".

Our sick society is based on one thing: "MORE". Everyone wants MORE stuff. To that end, priorities have gotten way out of whack. People will cut back on what they deem less important to have more to spend on what they THINK is important, like more channels of crap on their giant TV.

Besides, no one's neighbors are impressed by you eating well - no one SEES that, so what's the point?

Jill Hurst-Wahl

I finally saw this last weekend on some TV channel. I was amazed at how sick he got and how fast he got sick. You're should not be able to watch that film and think of fast food in the same way (or any food).

And yes our food supply is tainted, but "we" don't seem to care or notice. Avoiding that food supply is something that is not easy for most people, so we hope that if we ignore the problem that it won't affect us.

BTW Natur Tyme is having organic farmers at their place on May 11 for what seems to be a meet and greet.


Thank you so much for this review! This movie also made me appraise everything about my diet. I'd like to think that I eat low enough on the food chain that my food choices have less of an impact on the environment, but I have to pay more attention to the politics of what I eat, how I consume, what I buy... it can be mind-boggling.
I agree with David's comment above- we've been trained for decades now to look only at the price. For many people, reading ingredient labels or researching the corporations behind their foods is an alien and burdensome thought. I wish every food item in the market had two prices: the price you pay to eat it now, and then how much it's going to impact your health bill down the line, its environmental effects, etc...

I'll stop ranting in response to your rant now!


I loved that book. I wasn't big on fast food before I read it, but after, it was completely eliminated from our lives. I don't understand people who treat fast food like it's a necessary evil in their lives or they have to get it for their kids. My kids are growing up just fine without it.

Another good book is My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki. Turned me vegetarian for a few years but I have since become a meat eater again. I try my best to buy from small farms, and in lieu of that I buy organic from the supermarket.

Jennifer BB

Carla and Jill, good to see you here. I'm wondering, though--are you thinking of Super Size Me--the movie about Morgan Spurlock's adventure eating at McDonald's for 30 days? That's another film that will change your habits. And Jill, thanks for the heads up on the Natur-Thyme market.

David, you make a couple of excellent points but the one that I keep thinking of is the notion that no one is impressed by another person eating well. Food is such a complicated thing--we haven't even begun to address the various food issues. And the problem is that whenever buying an organic carrot or a fancy bird is observed, it is often labeled elitist. One can't win. And obviously the health angle doesn't work. Travis at the Co-op recently told me that some alarmingly large percentage of Americans don't think what they eat affects their health--so there goes that strategy.

Bazu, you're right about the pricing thing. But I think that if we really got the label-reading going that would do it.

Jen, thanks for posting a comment--I'll need to check out My Year of Meats--thanks for the tip!

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