Food and freedom
I watched Food Inc. after all last night and was relieved that the animal cruelty depiction was kept to a decent minimum. I can’t handle it, I just can’t, it breaks my heart. Not because I want to be ignorant, I know this happens and I hate it and do everything I can not to support it.
I was happy to see that everything they suggest you do to help the cause, I already do 99%. (i.e Shop at Farmer’s Markets, try and buy local or in season food’s, read labels carefully b/c organic does not mean small time and conciencous..big company’s are buying into that markets profitability and exploiting it as well…)
It breaks my heart. What a giant, giant mess and it just reinforces my distaste for bigtime crooked corupt corporate America (Canada is guilty too). Being rich and making lots of money at any cost will not stop your kids and grandkids from dying of "strange new man perpeptuated dieseases" so I hope it’s worth it.
I bawled during the story of the perfectly healthy 2 year old who died of cystic colitis 12 days after eating ground beef from Jack in the Box tainted with E. Coli. I bawled when they showed cow’s living in squalor with feces up to their shins, eating corn and whatever other crap was cheap and readily available. You can litterally read the joy on the faces of the cow’s and pigs that lives on small organic farms, allowed to wander free and graze. I loved the bit about how grass fed cows will mow the lawn and then re-fertilize the earth with their manure, allowing the pastures to keep growing healthy and vitamin packed green’s for them to eat. I for one want to eat happy cows, cows who lived and died humanely, I strongly believe we absorb these emotions (chi, prana whatever you want to call the energy living things give off) when we eat these animals. There is so much more to this on so many levels.
They also covered the corupt Monsanto story. I already knew about this and GMO Canola, corn and soyabean crops. (They are in Canada now) The farmer being sued for offering the option to local farmers to clean and keep their own crop seeds, thus infringing on the profit of the Round Up ready seeds Monsanto owns. The fear and defeat in the face of this old time farmer who was simply trying to maintain his own way of life was way sad. He lost his case because he couldn’t afford to keep fighting. (Legal bills). I like how they also used the example of Oprah being sued to dissing beef on her show, and how because she could afford to keep fighting she won. Land of the free my ass, only if you have money.
As you can see…this struck a chord, as I knew it would. I get sad because I feel so powerless and yet all I can do is what I can do, and it’s better then nothing.