Food Inc. Has Changed the Way I Think About Food

by Rachel on March 27, 2012

in cooking, health, menu plan monday, organic

Food Inc has changed the way I eat

I didn’t get around to writing a Menu Plan Monday post this week, partly because I picked up some overtime at work and have been too busy, and also because this is another empty out the pantry week. We’re out of meat, but my pantry is still overcrowded so I’m making some meatless meals like bean burritos, pasta, and chickpea curry. Not the most inspiring week for cooking, but it’s nice freeing up some room in the pantry and some money in the grocery budget.

After reading the companion book to the documentary Food Inc., I am perfectly okay eating mostly meatless again this week. Let me preface this by saying I’m not a huge animal rights activist or anything and I love a juicy, tender filet mignon or burger. Food Inc. discusses the industrialization of American agriculture/food production and all of the implications in terms of quality of diet, labor practices for farm workers, genetically engineered food, environmental impact, etc.

The discussion on what is fed to cattle and poultry, which we then eat, was absolutely revolting. It’s one of those things where I think we all have an underlying idea that what goes on with our future food in a slaughterhouse is unpleasant, but we’d rather not really know so we choose to ignore it. I’m not even touching on whether or not the animals’ living conditions and method of slaughter is humane – for me, just the idea of what passes as acceptable industry standards for food we consume has disgusted me to the point that I’m not sure I can stomach buying anything that is not certified organic, at least for red meat. Pink slime, anyone?

My husband is starting his own diet and will be receiving all of his own food, so this frees me up to eat a lot less meat. While it’s substantially more expensive to buy organic animal products, I have found that cutting out a lot of the processed convenience foods and drinks I used to buy frees up money to do this. I’ve also sought out more recipes that don’t require a lot of meat or cheese, so you save even more money if you just don’t need to buy it altogether.

I am sharing this not because I want to convert you all to vegetarians or suggest organic is the only way to go (I don’t think I could ever give up meat altogether), but rather to just explain the direction where my diet is headed. I hope you will soon see a shift in my weekly recipes and while I’m saddened by what I have recently learned, I am glad that with some small changes I can at least make a difference in my own household.

Do you try to buy organic/all natural? How many of my readers are vegetarian or vegan?

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Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom March 27, 2012 at 11:14 pm

The movie really inspired me too. I’m still not against eating meat, I just wish I could afford all organic, free-range products. I think we’re poisoning ourselves and that there are so many diseases and conditions that are a result of the things we eat. The meat we eat is not the same kind of meat that our ancestors ate. I know there was no such thing as pink slime 100 years ago. I’m hoping I can start making the transition now towards clean eating and less processed foods.
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Lena - @elenka29 March 28, 2012 at 10:55 am

I swear I heard so much about, i am afraid to watch it. I do like my meat though
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Rachel March 28, 2012 at 11:13 am

I hear of many people who watched it and became vegetarians. Reading the book was bad enough, but I’m sure seeing the movie would be even more graphic. Interestingly, they set out to show both sides of it but apparently absolutely none of the corporate representatives were willing to be interviewed, even though the writers emphasized this was their chance to defend themselves.

Anyway, I like meat too but I can’t believe what they put in it/on it for commercial mass distribution. That’s why trying to buy organic meat and free range poultry when I can afford it is my compromise.
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Angela March 28, 2012 at 11:23 am

I have times when I can’t eat meat, but occasions when I crave a hamburger. I am so afraid to watch this because I will probably never be able to eat meat again.
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Rachel March 28, 2012 at 4:09 pm

I think that’s why I put off learning more for so long too – sometimes you feel like you’re better off just not knowing!
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Ashleigh Walls March 28, 2012 at 11:58 am

We are very picky where we buy our meat now. We try our best to get as much organic meat as possible. I did watch the movie and found it disturbing but it really hasn’t changed how I eat. The warmer the weather the more I eat fruit and veggies which I’m looking forward to this summer/spring.
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Teri H March 28, 2012 at 2:51 pm
Rachel March 28, 2012 at 4:08 pm

There are certainly 2 sides to every story, but it has been widely written about recently how they (the beef industry in general) do use ammonia to clean meat byproduct (the pink slime) that is added back to ground beef. This was the front page article of my local newspaper last week – it has gotten so much public attention that now several of the major suppliers are now saying they will stop this practice, since public schools are now able to decide whether they want to purchase meat that has this pink slime. So while they may have used some questionable editing on that film segment, this practice is certainly commonplace.
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ohkeeka [The Type A Housewife] March 29, 2012 at 11:28 am

I haven’t seen that movie (I’m so squeamish!), but I totally agree with everything you’ve written here. I try to eat as clean as possible–even when I want junk food, it will be junk food that I’ve made myself so I know what’s going in it! Although I don’t eat meat, I have been trying to cut down on dairy too. I buy organic dairy as much as possible and I eliminate dairy in recipes where I don’t think we’ll miss it.
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All Natural Katie April 2, 2012 at 7:41 pm

This movie had a big impact on me also. I love that the movie promoted eating local and organic instead of cutting meat out.
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Cara Higley April 21, 2012 at 1:40 am

Hmmmmm. Things to really make you think. Our whole society has moved to fast and quick and out health and sanity is suffering. I don’t eat organic and am not a vegetarian. However, I’m sure my body has suffered!


Kathy April 22, 2012 at 11:52 am

I know for a fact my husband would never be okay going completely vegetarian, but we have definitely started eating less meat just for our health. We try to have at least 2-3 meatless meals and then only beef 1-2 a week. This has definitely made us have a lot more energy I think. I mean it is never a bad thing to have more veggies


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