Food, Inc.

Last night The Professor started watching Food, Inc., and I watched some of it with him. Yes, I’m late to comment on the film — with a toddler and a six-month-old, I haven’t had much time for movies. And yes, I promised this blog wouldn’t delve into food politics. But … wow.

To that, let me add:

If you or someone you know wants to eat less meat, watching Food Inc will add some oomph to that effort.

If you want to continue eating meat, it will make you think hard about where you get it — preferably from a small, local farm that values the health of their livestock (and, ultimately, your health) above their profit margin.

And, finally, if you have children, think twice as much about where you get your food and how you clean it once it’s yours. Food Inc includes the heart-aching story of Kevin Kowalcyk, a 2-year-old who died a terrible 12 days after eating a hamburger tainted with E-coli.

I rarely buy meat, but I do buy containers of “triple-washed” spinach and mixed greens, which have been known to carry E-coli. Yet I’ve trusted the label enough to use those greens, unwashed by me, for salads or other recipes. No longer. I can’t imagine the horror that I would feel if a child of mine suffered Kevin’s death because I had been too trusting or lazy to clean the their food myself.

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