I saw the movie Food Inc. last night. What a great eye opener to all the different facets and trickle down effects of the mechanized food system. As much as I know about the food industry it was still a bit depressing to see it come together on the big screen. On the other hand that was the point, the wider the audience the faster the truth reaches the mainstream consumer!
Cargill, Tyson, IBP, Archer Daniels Midland, Monsanto, Smithfield (world's largest meat processing plant Tar Heel, NC pop. 70)
True - there are many concerns & dangers with the "food" we eat. But, until migrant workers who harvest our crops are provided porta-potties & hand-washing stations IN THE FIELDS, & be required to use them, even locally grown & harvested crops can be dangerous, in my opinion. I am all for organic, locally grown & harvested foods & safe processing, but we could stem alot of disease if we could just enforce basic sanitation. Hepatitis and other diseases can be passed on improperly washed veggies because the workers urinate (or worse) in the fields & don't wash hands! YUK!! I wash everything very well, but... can we be TOO careful? Just my observations. Samantha
A friend gave me a tour of his organic blueberry fields and I was surprised to see not only all of the porta-potties but also the hand-sanitizing stations right next to them. It was really interesting - and an eye-opener.
Those facilities were required in order to be certified organic, apparently. I never thought of sanitation as organic - just absence of chemical herbicides/pesticides/fertilizers, so I learned something!
If anyone wants a more in-depth look at the whole story, you should read Michael Pollan's books - specifically Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food. I read both books and then saw Food, Inc. The movie only skims the surface. If you only want to read one of the books I'd recommend In Defense of Food. You will not be disappointed! In Defense of Food changed my world!!