If you haven’t seen Food, Inc. and still eat at fast food restaurants, you might want to ignore this blog or skip the trailer as neither will make that McBurger sit any easier.
The film was almost enough to make me swear off eating anything I don’t personally cook, but at a certain point I have to rely on thousands of years of evolution to protect me from most bad things given a minimum of caution. Still, no more Big Macs. I am actually kind of sad about that, but I can always grill bison burgers at the casa, using as many ingredients as possible from the Dupont Circle Farmer’s Market if we are able to get there this week.
At a minimum, I can cook with ingredients that don’t contain processed soy and corn, that actually make sense for the product in question, and are something I can pick up at Whole Foods or the corner bodega.
I can hear the groans and clacking fingers even now. “Whole Paycheck?! No one can afford to shop there unless you’re rich!” I already offered the whole story on Whole Foods a few months back, at least as far as I have been able to determine through personal (decidedly non-rich) shopping experience, so I won’t bother repeating myself on this blog. Needless to say, preparing your own meals using real ingredients you can actually pronounce isn’t something only accomplished by shopping at Whole Foods.
Though it is a whole lot easier and reasonable than any other mainstream store I have frequented, which has included most of them over the last five or six years.
This blog isn’t about where you shop, though, it is about what you eat and why it is central to our entire healhcare debate. We are sick because of what we eat and the environmental damage we live with every day, much of it caused by the industrial food system that supplies the poison to make what we eat, which makes us sicker…. and so forth. Two-thirds of the country is on a direct path toward intensive care and an early grave, yet most Americans keep shouting at insurance companies or, worse yet, each other, while consuming huge quantities of empty calories on a daily basis.
I get it. Insurance companies are vampires suckling at the throat of a nation that feels like shit and will buy anything that just makes the heartburn go away. We can kill private insurance tomorrow by passing a sweeping Americare National Health Service on the model of the UK or Canada and our health care picture would be just as cracked and fading as it is today. Our diets are making us the sickest nation on the planet and no amount of health care spending will ever keep up with that trend as long as we refuse to address the underlying cause of these horribly disfiguring symptoms.
Our farm subsidy policies are directly responsible for the shit food on our plates, yet no one outside of the farming states pays attention.
If they do care about the business of food, it is to maintain the status quo that is killing us. This is another one of those blogs that are tough to end. How can We The People really take on these enormous food conglomerates given our historic inattention to just about everything? Commodity corn and soy, the raw ingredients of our subjugation, will never rise to the level of alarm they deserve in an era of exploding underwear and fast food.
If you have the stomach for it, watch Food Inc. and then try to stop caring where you eat in this country or where that food comes from.