My family and I recently watched Food Inc.
Even though I was not surprised by the facts that were presented, I was still left with the feelings of anger, disgust, but most notably a deep feeling of hopelessness.
The problems within our food system are so big and so egregious that as an individual it seems pointless to try to fight to fix it. Why should I care about something that seems likely beyond my control to influence?
I pondered this question over the next few days and have finally came to some sort of conclusion…
Why care? Why try?
I had to look not farther than the two small faces that sit across from me at the dinner table. The food system that we are putting in place now will be the food system that my children and grandchildren will be nourished by for the foreseeable future…unless we do something about it now.
I can eat as responsibly as I know how for my family’s sake. But for real change to take place it will take many people to come to the same conclusion. A large contingent of those willing to forgo the convenience of prepackaged foods, factory grown meats, and industrialized dairy…to insist on real food that is neither genetically modified or chemically laden.
It will take the extra step of going to the local farmers markets to buy our produce or the farmer down the road who is raising his chickens in the open air and sunshine. It will be asking our local grocery store if they sell local organic produce…and if not, why not? Making our food choices known and then voting with our dollars.
This is a choice that is not quick or convenient when we are used to buying things already prepared and packaged for us. How can we find the time to prepare and eat real food?
My question today is how can we not? There is nothing more basic to life than food, how can we ignore what is happening to our food system? The very system that is supposed to sustain us is slowing killing us.
So starting March 1st and for the whole month I am challenging myself to eat nothing commercially processed that I cannot make myself. No more canned beans, or spaghetti sauce, no more pre-made pasta or tortillas. Gone will be the crackers, chips, and store-bought cereals. No meat or dairy that is not local and organic for my husband or pre-made veggie burgers for me. Just real food made from ingredients in their simplest forms…no added corn syrup, fillers, or preservatives.
I cannot change the system by myself, but if enough like-minded people come together I must believe that we can and will make a difference.
So that is where you come in…
I would love for you to join us! Come back March 1st and see what we have in store…there will be ways for you to take part and link up. This will be an opportunity to learn from each other as well as encourage one another to make a difference!
Come ready to share your plans here and with your own blog posts on March 1!
I would also highly recommend you rent or buy Food Inc…you will never look at food the same.
Here is a link to the first 3 minutes of the movie.