Every six to nine months around here, we’ll do a documentary review on the current state of food, and the comments section will go absolutely apoplectic. It’s kind of great, to be honest. Usually it’s the vegetarians vs. the omnivores, with most of the vegetarians saying, “Whatever: To each their own,” while half of the omnivore’s call out this unknown demographic of self-righteous vegetarians (everyone, it seems, has a self-righteous vegetarian friend, and for whatever reason, that person’s personality gets conflated into the entire vegetarian population).
Anyway, here’s the trailer for Food, Inc.. It’s a slightly different tact — it’s not about disgusting slaughterhouse practices; it’s not about how eating meat is dangerous for the environment; and it’s not about the fast food industry. It’s about your grocery store and, more specifically, it’s about the benefits of buying local instead of going to the local Safeway or Kroger. It’s a notion I try to follow. Although, if the local food industry wanted to improve itself, it could get rid of a few deterrents, namely 1) local food is more expensive and 2) places like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s and Greenstar smell like the feet of homeless hippies.
In fact, what I really want to see is a documentary on what a racket Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s are. I’m convinced of it. My guess is that labeling is very lax, and that they just pump in that odoriferous smell so that you feel better about spending more for their tasteless products, cause it comes from genuine hippies. I’m sure that half the products in a Whole Foods market are manufactured by subsidiaries of the same corporations that produce your Chicken McNuggets.
What I’m saying is: If you have a farmer’s market, go there. There’s no huge corporate machine behind them, the food actually does taste better, and it’s outside, so the smell isn’t heinous.
Anyway, here’s that trailer: