I’ve been hearing a lot about food lately. People close to me have been watching things like Super Size Me, Food, Inc., Fat Head and the like. These movies give a closer look at the food we eat, where it comes from and in the case of meats how it’s treated. I have not watched any of these movies and I’ll tell you why. I’m scared.
I know that the food industry is not the shiniest, prettiest thing you’ve ever seen. I fear if I watch those movies my whole lifestyle is going to have to change. I think this because that’s happened for the folks I know who have watched those movies. I can’t help but wonder if ignorance is bliss.
Sometimes after a long day the last thing I want to do is cook an elaborate meal; even a non-elaborate meal seems daunting, so it’s nice to be able to run to Subway, McDonalds or Taco Bell and grab something easy. I’m not saying I forgo grocery shopping and rely solely on these institutions for my family’s eating needs. Not at all! In fact I’d say eighty to ninety-five percent of the time we eat all our meals at home. But on those days when one more chore will push me over the edge it’s nice to have other options.
On the other hand, we all want healthy kids. I would love to go completely organic, knowing that what I’m putting in front of my kiddo is free of disease causing pesticides and hormones. It would also be wonderful to know that the animals live or lived a good, happy life. I’ve never been a meat is murder person, but I love animals. I believe they can be unhappy and I hate to see them abused. So if I could be assured that the milk I’m drinking was given by a happy cow or the chicken I’m eating had as much of a blast at life as a chicken can have, then great! But it’s all so damn expensive. Don’t pretend like it’s not. If you want decent food you have to pay for it. Even when it comes to fruit and veggies. The organic stuff is so much more expensive. There have been times where I stand in front of the organic carts staring at the produce wondering is it really worth it? Is it worth the extra buck? It’s also difficult when you know just around the corner there are Ramen noodles for ten cents.
I know that if I watch those films I will be so disgusted. Not only with the food industry but with myself for buying into it for so long. For swallowing what the world has been feeding me without thinking about it. So I’m left with the question, do I keep on gulping it down and pass that on to my son? Or do I watch them, get informed and make better decisions when it comes to food? That’s a really tough question. Am I willing to change my entire lifestyle and budget to accommodate the inevitably higher grocery costs? I suppose once I actually get up the courage to watch the movies, we’ll find out.