In this video, Pollan explains how our government and our agricultural system have made it possible for a Twinkie, a complex, highly processed, 40 ingredient product to cost less than a carrot, a simple root vegetable that can be planted and harvested with minimal effort.
It’s interesting and unfortunate that everyone recognizes America’s obesity epidemic, but that no one has taken effective steps to stop the government’s subsidizing of fattening, caloric, sugary ingredients.
One scene from the documentary, Food Inc., addresses how this issue affects an average, blue-collar American family.
The most poignant moment for me is when the family is walking through the grocery store and the younger daughter jumps up and down with excitement when she sees pears in the produce section. You can see her disappointment when the older sister tells her that the pears are too expensive to buy. The mother goes on to explain that she usually buys chips, candy, hamburgers and soda for the family because they are the cheapest ways to keep everyone full.
The point of this post was not to start a political rant. I do, however, think it’s so important for people to know about our food system and the policies behind it. We can bring about change by voting in elections, voting with our dollars, and raising awareness. Some great places to start are sharing what you know with others, supporting small farmers, avoiding cheap processed foods, and visiting restaurants that use local ingredients.
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