I talked to someone a while ago that blew my mind. This person said, “I don’t eat fruits or veggies” and they said this as if they were proud of the fact that they are not treating their body well. I thought it was a profoundly dumb thing to say and do, because their diet only consists of meat and potatoes or meat and rice! To do something like this is just ignorant, in my opinion. But what if we all found out that the food we eat is poorly produced? Would you just sort of sit back and let this happen or would you get involved to affect change? A new film is currently in theaters that addresses the foods we eat. Did you know that the FDA actually use to do their job very well several decades ago? But now, not so much.
Check out these facts:
In 1972, the FDA conducted approximately 50,000 food safety inspections, in 2006 the FDA conducted 9,164. Would it outrage you to find out that for years under the Bush administration, the Chief of Staff at the USDA was a former Chief Lobbyist for the Beef Industry? And I’ve lost count how many times it’s been reported that beef was recalled, contained e-coli, mad cows disease since the 1990’s. Or what if you knew that the Head of the FDA (also under Bush) was the former Executive Vice President of the National Food Processors Association? We all know that the FDA and USDA are the food regulatory organizations. So doesn’t it seem odd that the heads of these organizations held former positions that’s not necessarily geared toward food safety? I’m no expert, but these two things leapt off the screen!
I’m not on the staff of this film so I am not getting paid to spread the word about this film, but I would say, you’d be a fool if you don’t check this important film out. Wait for it come out on DVD, basic cable– but see it at some point! And then… get involved. I can’t be the only person in the world who knows “there are power in numbers“. It’s not just an expression, it is truth. Check out the trailer for the film below. (It’s funny… I’ve not seen this documentary advertised on television since or before it’s come to the theaters.)