Archive for January 11th, 2010

This blog is not my first foray into the blogging world, a couple years ago my husband and I started “Bad Human! Don’t Take Chemicals from Strangers” about our attempts to live a low impact, green life. Over time we ran out of steam to write about the topic and I found the focus of the blog to narrow for my tastes. I thought I would maintain both blogs but find that too much for my already busy schedule. I stopped updating Bad Human, although we do still contribute to the Simple, Green , Frugal Co-Op Blog. If you are looking for advice, inspiration, or simply like minded folks it’s a great site to visit and is updated daily.

We do still strive to live a green, low impact life but like most people we occasionally fall off the wagon. Life gets busy, takeout seems easier, the plastic grocery bag is handy, recycling gets to be pain etc etc. I’ve found that watching a documentary like “Food Inc” or rereading one of the Michael Pollan books gets me back on track. I’ve had “Food Inc” in my Netflix DVD queue for awhile but finally decided to watch it online yesterday while sewing.

“Food Inc” is an informative activist documentary about the big business of forcing Americans and American livestock to eat corn in a multitude of forms that nature never intended to support big business. The creators chart how and why big business has taken over modern food production and how they maintain absolute domination over small farms and farmers using billions of government-subsidized dollars. Taking us through our grocery store aisles and then back to the massive feedlots much of our meat is raised at, the documentary provides a harrowing view into a world we would probably prefer not to think about. And yet this is a world we support and endorse everyday when we go shopping at our local grocery store. The stance the movie takes is similar to many other books, articles, and documentaries on the subject but the focus in this case is on the human cost. Individuals who are diabetic and dying yet can only afford to eat the cheap calories clogging the grocery store aisles and the terrified farmers forced to bow down to corporate seed companies or be sued for refusing to buy into the system.

The movie is at times depressing and uplifting but it is always informative. I’m not saying we all need to become farmers and grow our own food or that the grocery store is an evil place. But I am saying that we need to be conscious of the decisions we make and the impact they have on ourselves, our land, and our children.

Are you trying to “go green”? What changes have you made so far?


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