This evening I sat down & watched the documentary, “Food Inc” with my 11yr old son, Cameron.
Cameron & I have a relationship where he can trust that I will provide him with adult-like conversation & share the truth on matters most important to his well-being. As such, I am thrilled we watched this film together. The dialog throughout & after the credits rolled was incredibly engaging, for both of us.
Eye opening for Cameron – The break in his perception of a food system marketed (in the media, our grocery markets, & even school classrooms / text books) as one cultivated upon small town countryside farms, to one of international conglomerate organizations centered upon profit & control, aided by a Congress, FDA, White House & Supreme Court who directly employ the lobbyists & former executives of these mass processing corporations to direct the (de)regulation of the food industry.
Eye opening for me – As the credits rolled Cameron said, “We can make a difference by choosing what we eat & knowing where our food comes from. If we don’t know… let’s not eat it. Okay, Dad?”
Simply said by an 11yr old, this is it. You have a choice.
The true veil of the food industry is not the slick marketing, but the conditioning of social consciousness that has led you to believe that you are left with no choice other than to accept status quo.
Over the last 25yrs we have lost sight of what food is & is not. We have gradually become incrementally & obsessively concerned only with data points imprinted upon “Product Nutritional Facts Labels” located on the back of every package we purchase… But, have completely & entirely lost sight of asking:
1. Where did our food come from?
2. What is in our food?
3. How was our food made?
You see, the problem is people are fed by a corporate-controlled food industry which pays no attention to health, then are medically treated by a government-run health industry which pays no attention to food.
By not asking the aforementioned 3 questions every time we belly up to the table, we cast a vote for status quo, accepting shitty corporate food today for shitty, exponentially more expensive government healthcare tomorrow.
I do not live in fairytale land. I realize that asking The Social Network reading this post to raise Cain & transition over the course of this coming week to an entirely organic, locally supported diet is not entirely reasonable. Or relatively reasonable, at all.
But, what I do think is reasonable – asking that you ponder, if only for the briefest of moments, those 3 aforementioned questions, every time your hard-earned disposable income is allocated at the grocery & as your chair is pulled up to the dinner table.
1. Where did my food come from?
2. What is in my food?
3. How was my food made?
If you don’t know – I ask you, my friend, what risks have you accepted & are you accepting on your family’s behalf?