I have been hearing about watching Food, Inc for quite some time now. I really want to finish The Omnivore's Dilemma first though. My husband, who is not a reader by any means, has found interest in the sound of the passages I've read and wants to now watch Food, Inc too. So I am hurrying my reading, but not wanting to miss anything important.
Last night I read a passage, in the chapter about the Fast Food Meal, where Michael took his family to McDonald's in the purpose of research. Undoubtedly, his wife was reluctant to go, and his son was on cloud nine with the idea. Sounds like the usual family trip to me. My own husband and daughter practice the puppy eyes on me so that we may skip another roasted chicken and peas dinner for a moment for the convenience meal.
It broke my heart, turned my stomach and even made me question my parenting to READ some of the 38 ingredients in the McDonald's Chicken Nuggets. The favorite of my daughter and I with each trip. (Rare trips, less then once a month.) Now, I could not pronounce half of them, but it was extremely clear that most were just processed corn and food additives. They seemed no different then any of the other quick meal junk food out there. That was until I saw the line about Butane! The gas I used to fill my lighters with when I smoked. The smell filled my nose as I remembered what the stuff was. Then the thought of it ending my mouth, my veins or my child's stomach?!
All this disgust and outrage I am feeling is pointed at myself however, as I have chose to be ignorant through all this. Like most Americans I didn't question what was going on. I didn't question my government and their policies according to my food... and I surely didn't think to listen to our farmers when they were crying unfair, and going broke trying to stick to policies we shouldn't have. Though I am sure I will read more I don't agree with in the book, and be shocked twice over when I watch Food, Inc... I am choosing to no longer be in the dark.
"Ignorance is no excuse!"