Food Inc. (AKA Mmmmmmm Ethylene Gas)

Rating:  Chocolate Cake

Friday nights are tough for me.  I want to act like a typical young adult and have a good time, but I am just too darned tired.  By the time Friday comes around, I am too tired to do anything but go home, take a shower and a nap (in that order), and then eat something light for dinner.

Basically, I am a boring, little, old lady on Friday nights.

One of the only activities I really can do on nights like that is watch a movie.  Only if the movie is really engrossing will I stay awake for its entirety.

We decided to watch Food, Inc.and not only did I stay awake for the entire movie: I stayed up even later to discuss my reaction to it and it affected the way that I ate for the rest of the weekend.

Food, Inc.is a film about the food industry, showcasing how big business and politics have a dramatic impact on what we find in our supermarkets.

As a society, we have grown so demanding for any food that we want at any time of the year, and at a cheap price no less, that we are fueling a food market that relies on genetically modified food, mass-produced meat from animals who have never seen the sun or eaten food that is natural to them, and corn.  If you take a look at many of your packaged food labels, you will most likely find an ingredient that began as corn.

This is how they are picked

Furthermore, in order to make seasonal foods (such as tomatoes) available all year, the food industries have to employ environmental-unfriendly methods of picking the fruits/veggies when they aren’t ripe yet, shipping them halfway across the world to where they are wanted, and injecting them with chemicals that induce ripening.

During the winter, our tomatoes are rarely vine-ripened, but instead grown on a vine, picked when it is still green, and then fully ripened in ethylene gas as it is transported to its destination.  No wonder Winter tomatoes taste and look like styrofoam!

It does not take much to traumatize me.

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