Friday, July 10, 2009

Food, Inc

by Meghann on July 10, 2009

Guess what movie finally made its way to the Orlando area?

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With a very limited opening release, Food, Inc has slowly been making it’s way to theatres across the country. It just so happened this weekend was Orlando’s lucky time to shine, so a couple of bloggers and I jumped at a chance to see the movie that has been taking the blog world by storm.

I personally enjoyed the documentry that takes a peak into what goes on behind the scenes of the food we eat. For a full out review you will have to wait until the end of this post. 🙂

First I must let you know about the good eats I had today!

Starting with my mid-afternoon snack of Carrots and Naturally Nutty’s Toffee Butter Peanut Butter.

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I’ve always been a big fan of Naturally Nutty’s nut butters, but for some reason today the Toffee Butter Peanut Butter was a bit to much on the sweet side for my taste. I finished the carrots but did not lick the little container as I normal would. So odd.

As I was seeing the 7:20 movie, I had an early dinner that was pulled together very quickly.

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I must say these were the best nachos ever!

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I simply piled Black Beans, Diced Tomatoes, Shredded Zucchini, Onions, Jalapenos, and Oikos Plain Yogurt hight a top a pile of Blue Bean Corn Tortilla Chips then served with a small pickle on the side.

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The healthy nacho platter had all my favorite nacho elements, but in a healthy modified version. The best part is my version did not leave me feeling greasy and bloated afterwards. 🙂

For dessert I packed a bag of sweet cherries and a praline chocolate to sneak into the movie theater.

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I happily munched on the cherries half way through the movie when my sweet tooth hit.

I met Caitlin, her Husband, Megan and her friend Danielle at the theater about 10 minutes before the movie started.

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I believe we all made several comments on how fancy Caitlin and her Husband heading in to the theater.

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I felt like we were intruding on their date night. They are just too cute together. 🙂

Now, on to my official review

After reading several reviews of Food, Inc and doing a bit of research on the movie before hand, I was honestly expecting to come out of this movie with my views radically changed. People had warned the movie would effect me and that I would not be able to look at a grocery store the same way again. They said I would leave feeling angry for being lied to and will want to rally for immediate changes.

Well…in all honestly I left with the same views going out as I came in.

Do not get me wrong, this was a powerful movie with a lot of information that needs to get out there. The movie moved me and reminded me to strive to keep the eating habits I already have. I just feel it is information I have already been faintly aware of and the reason I eat the way I do is because of it.

Food Inc’s main message is spread thickly throughout the film. Know where your food is coming from and fight for your right to have safe, healthy options. It encourages the audience to read labels, eat organically, buy locally and shop at your local farmer’s market, which I am a big advocate for.

I actually believe the best piece of the documentary occurs while interviewing the local, organic farmer. Everything on his farm was as nature intended it with nothing genetically mutated or chlorinated. The film may not have swayed my carnivore ways (which I do not think was the point of the film), but did encouraged me to purchase organic, free range and grass fed meat when ever possible.

I also enjoyed the interview with Stonyfield’s CEO, Gary Hirsberg. Gary began his career as a hippie enviromentalist trying to spread the message of change. He realized he was only speaking to the already convinced and decided to take it larger. Stonyfield started as a small operation and has now spread to a multi-billion dollar business. The company still adhears to all the same organic guidelines they began with. Gary sought to prove that a business can grow large while still being friendly to the enviroment.

After working closely with Stonyfield and their sponsorship with the Healthy Living Summit, I have to say Stonyfield really does strive to be as enviromentally friendly and organic as possible. Per Stonyfield’s request all shirts and swag bags be organic and products provided in the swag bags be healthy and natural. They truly are a wonderful company and I was happy to see them featured in such a positive light.

I could probably go on and on about different elements in the film and my opinion, but I will leave it at this. I really would suggest everyone seeing Food, Inc themselves and building their own opinion. It is a lot to process and gives you something to think about.

Have you seen Food Inc? What did you think?

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