Ryan and I love watching documentaries together. We started dating after going out to coffee and talking about 'hot topics', very controversial issues. We both love playing the devil's advocate and figuring out what we think about subjects, and sometimes we never come to a conclusion. During winter break, we watched this one, Food, Inc.
Now, documentaries are very one sided, but the good ones do contain a lot of valuable information and eye opening points. This one was very edge-of-your-seat and very well done.
It was about where our food comes from. It said as well as showed the way that our food is processed and 'made'. It really made Ryan and I want to be vegetarians. But that wasn't the purpose of the movie, and it doesn't only have to do with animals, plants are included as well as the companies that are producing processed food. The movie was also about the supply and demand of food (with prices and how many animals we currently have) as well as the way these animals are treated (the chemicals, the locations, and the food that they are given). The images really shock you. I had a brief understanding of animal cruelty before I watched this (this is also a topic that I know, but don't like to think about because it's so horrible and depressing), but after, I really understood and saw for myself what it looked like. It also touched on things like E. Coli (developed from the run-offs and conditions of the cows) and the pesticides that are on plants (the effects on humans). Even the effects that food transportation has on the atmosphere (food travels a very large, unnecessary amount which is harsh on the environment) and the pseudo-protection of the FDA (how really helpless it is due to lawsuits of the large food companies).
At the end of the movie, it had ten easy things to do to cause a change in the way that our food is given to us. Things like: buy organic and local or go without meat for one day a week or drink water, not pop or artificially sweetened beverages. You can find out more information here. This is just a very brief summary, I really encourage you to find out more yourself.