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EquineOpus 01-18-2013 09:05 AM

What do you believe you are eating? What is food to you? Is it important?
 
This is a crisis that is as great as climate change, aids or drought, flood and famine - as destructive as fire, as powerful as religion, and as thorough as war.

PLEASE. PLEASE.I implore you to watch this video and become more aware. It expires in 9 days. If you EAT - this relates to you.

Please......I'm begging you.

Food Inc. : Video : SBS Documentary

faye 01-18-2013 09:14 AM

what crisis with food? be a bit more specific! i dont click links from strangers without a good description.

jaydee 01-18-2013 09:16 AM

The video is not available to watch - maybe you could give a breakdown of what the author was trying to say?

EquineOpus 01-18-2013 09:24 AM

Good point Faye. Its very tricky to describe.... their is so much information involved. I felt remiss keeping it to myself...

What is it about? This basically.

Commercialization with corruption within the governing bodies controlling food safety....

Industrialization to the point of removing the food out of the creation of food.

Closed doors on food production systems....

Animal cruelty.

Cruelty to our fellow human through deprivation of rights.

Unsustainable fragile systems providing the greater percentage of food.....

Greed ect.

This is becoming a world wide trend - this link takes you to a documentary on the American Food industry, but bear in mind, they are world wide leaders.

If you cant follow the link - perhaps you could try to google it. It really is very important information in the future of our economies, and our future as a race :?

EquineOpus 01-18-2013 09:29 AM

Here is a bit more information on the film, I hope that this page is available in many countries :-)

Food, Inc. - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Lockwood 01-18-2013 09:40 AM

I didn't watch the video or click the links, but I will add... there are very good reason why people like myself have become or are moving towards being small sustainable farms.
Many of us in the horse would agonize over what we feed our horses, yet give no thought to what is going into our own bodies, or the bodies of our children.

jaydee 01-18-2013 09:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EquineOpus (Post 1849816)
Good point Faye. Its very tricky to describe.... their is so much information involved. I felt remiss keeping it to myself...

What is it about? This basically.
I can only try to break it down where I can and some points are not clear
Commercialization with corruption within the governing bodies controlling food safety....
This doesnt mean anything. There has to be a governing body responsible for food safety standards - it can't be left to individuals. Where does corruption come into it and what do you understand commercialisation to be?
Industrialization to the point of removing the food out of the creation of food.
This is making no sense either - are you talking about synthetic food? Do you mean pre-packaged convenience foods?
Closed doors on food production systems....
All food production facilities have to be open to inspection by whatever authority is responsible. If you mean that 'Joe Public' cant just wander in off the street - well there are lots of reasons why that can't happen but not related to cover ups
Animal cruelty.
There is a constant push to reduce cruelty where animals are part of the food chain - its not something thats being ignored
Cruelty to our fellow human through deprivation of rights.
Not understanding this at all
Unsustainable fragile systems providing the greater percentage of food.....
Where are these fragile systems? It isnt economically viable to produce large quantities of food from those sorts of environments - they tend to just be essential to the communities that live there and have no other choice
Greed ect.

This is becoming a world wide trend - this link takes you to a documentary on the American Food industry, but bear in mind, they are world wide leaders.

If you cant follow the link - perhaps you could try to google it. It really is very important information in the future of our economies, and our future as a race :?

My comments are in bold print as easiest way to try to respond to your statements
My usual point in these things is that unless the author is offering some realistic solutions to 'cure the ills' its a waste of time
We can all very easily pick faults in things - what we really need are ways to fix them

EquineOpus 01-18-2013 09:46 AM

So so true Lockwood!

That is exactly what I thought when I saw this film. I have been fortunate to be exposed to the food industry for many years, and I have not stopped learning things that scare me.

The frustrating thing about this film, is that it highlights issues, that will lead to problems sourcing food for our beloved equines.

EquineOpus 01-18-2013 09:53 AM

I completely agree Jaydee.

I am not the Author however, but if you take the time to watch the film - you will find some very leading, useful answers, and solutions.

I totally agree - and I find it appalling when time and time again, organisations only point to problems.

Problems change nothing........solutions are the only way to change.

Some problems are sad however....and some are dangerously scary that need more minds, moving towards ways to sway a change. In these cases, whatever it takes, is what needs to be done.

I am not going to go into solutions anymore than this, please be aware of where your food comes from - and exactly what it is you are putting into your body.

If this was the only action that was undertaken , then change would move faster than we could imagine.

Food safety is incredibly important, but only if those who deem food safe or not, are actually doing their job.

GamingGrrl 01-18-2013 09:54 AM

I read the book....and my eating habits haven't changed at all. I also read some really disgusting book about the horrors of fast food, and it just made me crave French fries. :lol:
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