In a June blog article written by Heather Ashare, our Yoga expert and daily contributor to DietsinReview.com, she wrote about Food Inc., a film that took a hard look at food production and consumption in the U.S. I wanted to share some interesting facts I learned from seeing the movie in no particular order, but all equally astounding to me:
- On average our food travels 1,500 miles from the farm to our plate
- Because of the long distances that food travels, we no longer eat with the seasons and therefore eat produce that does not provide our bodies with all their nutritional benefits
- Grocery stores now boast over 47,000 products to choose from – most of which can sit on shelves for weeks or even months
- In present day, four companies control more than 80% of our poultry and meat production
- 30% of U.S. land is fields of corn, most of which is used to feed cows because of how cheap it is and because it keeps cows fat. All of this despite the fact that cows should only eat grass
- In the 1970s the FDA conducted more than 50,000 food inspections a year, in 2006 there were only 9,000 inspections
- Kevin’s Law, while not currently passed into law by government, would empower the USDA to shut down any contaminated food plants. This would have helped the widespread salmonella outbreak that occurred recently due to a contaminated peanut facility and could have helped prevent the many who became sick
- 1 in 3 Americans will contract diabetes
- While we have been programmed to think fast food is cheap food, we will pay much higher health care costs from the consequences of eating this fast food
If you demand good, wholesome food, farmers will deliver. It is up to us to decide what food we want to be putting on our table. Eat in season, eat locally and plant a garden of your own. These are some of the best ways to help yourself be healthy, help your family be healthy, help your environment be healthy and help our animals be healthy, too.
If you are hungry for change, visit www.foodincmovie.com to learn more about how you can take part.
August 8th, 2009