The Future of Food

9 Feb

Ryan and I recently watched a documentary titled “The Future of Food—the film further opened my eyes to what goes on behind the scenes of food production and distribution. Watch the trailer here.

Food is such a fun subject. It makes a fabulous conversation starter. It makes a great blog focus. It even makes some people happy just thinking about it. Count me in for all of the above. But there’s more to food than what we cover in happy hour/dinner/casual conversations. There’s also the deep, controversial matters that we’re all too content to let the scholars ponder and discuss the ins-and-outs.

From what I concluded, thanks to the film, any one of us who eats (which means all of us!) should be a part of the discussion. We all have a say and should have a say on how our food are manufactured. And we should definitely have a say on how our food products are labeled. It’s important that we know whether what we’re buying contains genetically engineered ingredients. Food products are labeled that way in the EU nations, Japan, Australia, and even China, why not here in the U.S.? If you care, “Tell Congress to Support Labeling and Safety Testing of GE foods!” by sending a message to the US House of Representatives and Senate.

Unsurprisingly, I came upon a youtube video, relevant to the topic at hand, titled “Ensuring the Future of Food” by Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Though the subject seems to concern only the Japanese, beyond the surface, it actually applies to all of us.

 

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One Response to “The Future of Food”

  1. ryanr 9, February 2009 at 1:29 pm #

    I can imagine the USDA videos… “Eat HFCS made from GMO corn! It’s good for you and it’s good for the United States!” With some eagles thrown in for patriotism. Maybe an eagle *eating* HFCS. (!)

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