Monday, May 10, 2010

Netflix, Documentaries and Food, Inc.

We just upgraded the home television set and are enjoying having a large screen area. We've also added Netflix to the mix, which has been a lot of fun. I think I'd be happy eliminating cable TV from the mix; M. would not support this solution.

Food, Inc.The best part about Netflix is the abundance of streaming documentaries. Over the weekend, I watched Food, Inc. It was a very telling story - jointly created by the authors of The Omnivore's Dilemma and Fast Food Nation - about major agri-business in this country. The conditions of the animals, the overabundant use of corn as feed, and the diminishing quality (and explosive quantity) of food in America.

It is a sad story and only makes me more desirous to support local farmers, farmer's market and to grow my own produce. Support the Meatless Monday movement. Really, the movie is so eye opening. And where is the first geographic location introduced? Why, it's here in Kentucky because of the major chicken farms (Tyson) in the western part of the state. 

Anyway, you should check out this film. If it doesn't change how you view your next meal, then you deserve all of the partially hydrogenated soybean oil you are about to digest!

2 comments:

Martha said...

I love Netflix! I would be happy having no cable and just Netflix, but S. is also not supportive of that.

I watched Food Inc. a couple of weeks ago and found it so disturbing that I couldn't even blog about it. Any doubt I had about being a vegetarian was washed away by this film. I realize I could eat locally grown meat but I can't move past the images in the film. So I'm sticking to organic local veggies as my food source.

PJWB said...

Try the pork from Hillside Heritage Farm - they are at Farmer's Market. Incredible!