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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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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?

1 roseyrebecca July 10, 2009 at 11:21 pm

I am seeing it on Tuesday!! I can’t wait! I love these types of documentaries!

Caitlin and her husband look adorable together!!

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2 runnerskitchen July 10, 2009 at 11:32 pm

I saw Food, Inc and I agree that it reaffirmed the beliefs I already have (i.e. eating locally, organically, etc). I think a lot of people who see the movie are already conscious eaters – if only we could get some hard core carnivores and junk food lovers to see this film!

3 MarathonVal July 10, 2009 at 11:34 pm

What a fun blogger/foodie get together night. I can hardly wait until it comes to Chicago… like you I feel that I am already outraged at the food industry in America, but mostly I’m excited for my hubby, friends, and family to see it so that they perhaps will stop thinking of me as that crazy hippie girl πŸ˜‰

4 whitneyinchicago July 11, 2009 at 9:04 am

It has made it to the Landmark at Diversey in Clark and one of the places in the suburbs.

There is even a free showing on July 16th at 7:30 sponsored by Chipotle.

5 Erin July 10, 2009 at 11:36 pm

you’re not a student πŸ˜‰ how much money did that save ya! hahaha πŸ˜€

6 Meganerd July 10, 2009 at 11:39 pm

*Debbie, not Danielle! πŸ˜€

7 Lynn (The Actors Diet) July 11, 2009 at 12:36 am

haven’t seen it yet but will definitely get around to it!

8 inmytummy July 11, 2009 at 12:41 am

I thought the same thing; I really enjoyed it but it didn’t change anything that I already thought.

9 Danielle July 11, 2009 at 2:21 am

What a great night, so many wonderful people I’m sure :).

As for the film, I already knew the gist of it as well, and I certainly already supported local farms and the organic industry, but I think it was the terrible extremities to which our food system is owned and run that really got me upset. I was affected… and managed to literally talk about it for 15 minutes –> http://daniellestudiesabroad.blogspot.com/2009/07/hungry-for-change.html

10 Ada July 11, 2009 at 7:11 am

Those nachos look great! I definitely look forward to seeing Food Inc,

11 Meg July 11, 2009 at 7:16 am

Look at those healthy nachos! Thanks for the movie review!

12 Lauren July 11, 2009 at 7:33 am

Mexican dinners seem to have been the meal of the night. I enjoyed me some yummy fajitas and they were outstanding. I just love mexican, don’t you? πŸ™‚

I actually haven’t heard anything about Food INC. until I read it on the blogworld. I guess it hasn’t made its way to the North east yet, but I will keep my eye out for it. DId you see Supersize me? What did you think about it in relation to that?

Hope you have a wonderful weekend hun!

13 leslie July 11, 2009 at 8:35 am

thanks for the review! i’m seeing the film soon, and i’m very excited. but i’m not going in expecting my views to be changed – maybe just reaffirmed?

looks like you had a great night!

14 Island Girl Eats July 11, 2009 at 8:35 am

I can not wait to see the movie. But I honestly don’t think that it will come to our small island. I noticed that the movie will be released on DVD in November – so I guess that I will just have to wait until then – boo!

15 Toni July 11, 2009 at 9:24 am

I love how you always randomly have a pickle…

16 Christina July 11, 2009 at 9:27 am

Thanks for the review. I want to see it so bad!

17 ksgoodeats July 11, 2009 at 10:05 am

Thanks for the review! I haven’t seen it yet but I wish the everyday Joe would go see it!

18 Shannon (The Daily Balance) July 11, 2009 at 10:30 am

Plan on seeing it this weekend!! πŸ˜‰

19 Matt July 11, 2009 at 11:10 am

Good review! I am going to see it today!

20 biz319 July 11, 2009 at 11:30 am

I haven’t seen the movie yet – being 55 miles outside of Chicago, we tend not to get those types of movies.

Knowing where your food comes from is one of the reasons I joined a CSA this summer (well, that and the fact that I can’t garden for shit!).

The Consumer Supported Agricultural Farm is about 20 minutes from my house – the cost is $250 for 8 weeks season, and I added an $20 for the 8 weeks to get organic eggs each week.

I am kind of nervous that I’ll get a whole box of food and not know what to do with it – I may need your help later! πŸ˜€

21 Julie July 11, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Smart girl, still using your student discountt!! haha

I have yet to see the movie, but am dying to go. Ikind of feel like I’ve already seen it though with all the wonderful reviews I’ve read on several blogs! I will see it one of these days.

22 Aggie July 11, 2009 at 1:02 pm

I just read Cailtin’s review too…it’s a lot to think about. I hope to see the movie soon…or on dvd.

I must say…your nachos look awesome! Shredded zucchini??? Wow…I’m trying that!

23 Natalie M. July 11, 2009 at 11:02 pm

I haven’t seen Food Inc. yet but I intend to… I just finished posting on Caitlin’s blog regarding her review. I just wanted to say something about Stonyfield Farm. I used to absolutely love their products since they produce organic yogurts in delicious flavors but I believe they are a bit hypocritical. The company tends to package many of the organic yogurts in highly toxic #6 plastic. While there is no absolutely SAFE plastic.. I think #1, 2,4 and 5 plastics would have been better choices.

I now buy Wallaby, Fage, and Rachel’s yogurts and other varieties that do not utilize “bad” plastic.

Here’s a tutorial on plastics in case you’re interested:

1 Polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE)
Used to make soft drink, water, sports drink, ketchup, and salad dressing bottles, and peanut butter, pickle, jelly and jam jars.
GOOD: Not known to leach any chemicals that are suspected of causing cancer or disrupting hormones.

2 High density polyethylene (HDPE)
Milk, water, and juice bottles, yogurt and margarine tubs, cereal box liners, and grocery, trash, and retail bags.
GOOD: Not known to leach any chemicals that are suspected of causing cancer or disrupting hormones.

3 Polyvinyl chloride (V or PVC)
Most cling-wrapped meats, cheeses, and other foods sold in delicatessens and groceries are wrapped in PVC.
BAD: To soften into its flexible form, manufacturers add β€œplasticizers” during production. Traces of these chemicals can leach out of PVC when in contact with foods. According to the National Institutes of Health, di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), commonly found in PVC, is a suspected human carcinogen.

4 Low-density polyethylene (LDPE)
Some bread and frozen food bags and squeezable bottles.
OK: Not known to leach any chemicals that are suspected of causing cancer or disrupting hormones, but not as widely recycled as #1 or #2.

5 Polypropylene (PP)
Some ketchup bottles and yogurt and margarine tubs.
OK: Hazardous during production, but not known to leach any chemicals that are suspected of causing cancer or disrupting hormones. Not as widely recycled as #1 and #2.

6 Polystyrene (PS)
Foam insulation and also for hard applications (e.g. cups, some toys)
BAD: Benzene (material used in production) is a known human carcinogen. Butadiene and styrene (the basic building block of the plastic) are suspected carcinogens. Energy intensive and poor recycling.

7 Other (usually polycarbonate)
Baby bottles, microwave ovenware, eating utensils, plastic coating for metal cans
BAD: Made with biphenyl-A, a chemical invented in the 1930s in search for synthetic estrogens. A hormone disruptor. Simulates the action of estrogen when tested in human breast cancer studies. Can leach into food as product ages.

24 june February 9, 2010 at 2:30 pm

I just saw it…i have been on a mission the past month and just now getting into this mindset and from healthy food blog searches i have found YOU!! YAY!!

Another good one to watch if you havent is King Corn (or so i hear)…its being delivered to me via netflix hopefully today!!

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!

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