Thursday, January 28, 2010

Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?

I watched a very interesting show on Oprah yesterday. It was about how our food is processed in America and how the process has changed so much over the last 20 years. They talked about the genetic engineering that is done with our everyday food (beef, chicken, grains, vegetables etc). And the amount of antibiotics, preservatives, and everything else that we cannot even pronounce that is put into our food. And the sugar! Sugar is in everything! No wonder we're getting fatter, and having more and more health problems.

There is a very interesting documentary out right now, called Food Inc.
It shows exactly how our food is raised and processed. I think it's a good opportunity to see things first hand and make informed decisions at the grocery store. The frugalista in me cannot bear to actually purchase DVDs normally but I did buy this one. Okay -- actually, I used a free Amazon gift card I earned from a Coinstar promotion. But, this dvd can also be checked out at the library for free! Or, most major video stores and Netflix are carrying it as well (I did not see it on Redbox though).

If you want to buy the dvd, Amazon has it on special for $9.99. This is a special Oprah deal and is only good till midnight Friday, January 29.

I WISH I could purchase all my food organic, natural, not pre-packaged. But sadly it is not always time efficient or financially feasable right now. But, that is what we must change in our nation. Why is it cheaper to buy big bag of potato chips rather than a 10lb bag of whole potatoes?? I will be making even more conscious food choices that can fit into my budget going forward.

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