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Why the director of Food, Inc. still eats meat

By Michelle Edelbaum, April 20, 2010 - 12:39pm

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Michelle asks: If you've seen Food, Inc., did it change the way you eat? If so, how?


I feel like the American public has been led to believe we were buying healthy and safe foods for our families, and I am angry we have been duped. My husband and I had begun making healtheir food choices already, growing a garden and eating wild game. After seeing this documentary and also reading Fresh Choices, we are buying organic, buying locally produced items, and buying produce in season as much as possible. I am reading labels and avoiding corn derivative products if I can. Now I, too, feel I am making a political satement every time I buy groceries. This documentary should be required viewing for everyone and should be shown at prime time on major networks. And "Kevin's Law" should be passed, the USDA have the authority to shut down repeat offenders producing unsafe food.


05/07/2010 - 6:10pm

The movie was an eye opener - especially about the genetic modification of soybeans and the resulting monopoly. Has it altered my buying practices? Somewhat, but mostly due to my recent high cholesterol. We eat very little meat and when we do I think of the movie. I try to serve more fish, but farm raised fish products are not always "healthy". We are moving soon to a rural area - I'm hoping sustainable grown products will be more available.
kazie in KC


05/05/2010 - 11:05am

After seeing the movie 'Food inc'. and reading the book 'eating animals', I must say, I cant buy or eat any of that meat anymore with good conscience.
Living here in Denmark, slaughter houses have been closing because of the prices and wages for people, the animals will be transported to Germany, where its cheaper labour and less tax, so its affordable with the transport. Its sad.
My husband and I dont eat to much meat, perhaps once a week, and we feel good about it and healthy, there are so many tasty dishes you can make without animals.....


05/04/2010 - 3:28am

Yes it sure did. I do not keep a lot of food in my fridge. But my following trip to the grocery store was different this time. Good green choices are expensive but they sustain us, our health and our communities. I figured that was my way of sending a message to the mass produced food companies. If more of us make those conscious choices when we go to the grocery store, we are indirectly telling them in a powerful voice (power of the consumer through where they spend money, because you know they track it, they want our money) what we want. Think about it next time you shop.


04/30/2010 - 4:41pm

As the writer of this blog, I'm so heartened to hear from people who are committed to eating well. I too have been eating less meat and when I do choose to eat meat I buy local, sustainably-raised and/or organic meat and poultry. Since I'm not eating as much, I'm not really spending much more money. Thanks for sharing your comments and keep them coming! Best- Michelle Edelbaum, Associate Editor, Interactive


04/21/2010 - 10:37pm

It transformed my relationship with poultry. I stopped eating supermarket or restaurant chicken, mostly because of the gross way chickens are raised in the industrial food system.

I already had quit supermarket red meat.

P. Mitchell (blog: www.


04/20/2010 - 8:46pm

Well, it's made me a lot more concious and intentional about choices. We eat Chipotle for our occasional fast food now because the CEO was on Oprah's Food, Inc show and talked about sustainable farming for their meats and using organic veggies, etc. So, I just think (if he's being truthful) that might be better than others out there.
My grocery shopping has changed because now I go 2 - 3x / week and get fresh, local produce more often. I also look for locally grown meat & dairy with organic certified on it. I thought it would be much more expensive to eat this way, but we're actually using the food we buy and not throwing it away, so it's saving us afew pennies. We don't really eat out anymore because I just don't know what's in the stuff.
We also grow a huge garden every year anyway, but this year we're expanding it. We freeze stuff and use it throughout the year. We feel better when we eat this way, so we may add a few more changes as we go along.


04/20/2010 - 2:30pm

Yes, since viewing the movie I have become a vegetarian. It opened my eyes to the fact that our food supply is being controlled. What we need now is a movie that reveals the chemicals they are putting in food and make people more aware. I also feel sorry for the poor animals who are being mistreated just to make a buck. I've been veggie for 8 months now and I feel great.


04/20/2010 - 2:23pm

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