Food Inc.

Food Inc.

PostBy: heartofcoal On: Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:35 pm

Watched the documentary "Food Inc."
Has anyone else seen this?
What can we do to change the current practices?
Grow our own food, raise our own livestock? Who has time for all that.
What do YOU do to be more self sufficient.
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Re: Food Inc.

PostBy: jpete On: Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:45 pm

We own it. "The World According to Monsanto" is good too.

We grow what we can, hoping to expand that this year.

Local farmers are good if you can determine whether they are "organic" or not.

Whole Foods is expensive but is about the best most people can do. If you shop smart, you can do OK.

Even Wal-Mart is getting into the act now which just shows that even though the market moves slowly, it can move based on the wants of the public.
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Re: Food Inc.

PostBy: heartofcoal On: Sun Jan 23, 2011 7:18 pm

My wife and I have two acres.
We bought the place seven years ago.
The first vegetable garden went in six years ago.
Then we started canning, we realized we needed more garden space.
Now we have three gardens for vegetables and herbs.
We planted a small orchard out front. Peaches, pears, apples and cherries.
Last spring we planted blueberries.
We also keep a flock of chickens. And have been considering a few goats. Milk, cheese etc.
Little by little we're becoming more and more self reliant.
We try to be as organic as possible. Make our own compost. Use companion planting rather than pesticides.
I 'd like to tell folks who buy compost to read the label. Some compost for sale has sludge from sewage treatment plants in it.
Maybe we can get some pics of peoples homesteading efforts. Gardens, livestock etc. See if I can get it started.
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Re: Food Inc.

PostBy: Yanche On: Mon Jan 24, 2011 12:18 am

Nice gardens, I wish I had the ambition to have half as much.

I just finished very educational course on Lifelong Health. A series of 36 half hour lectures from a Medical College professor and surgeon. The common thread through all of it was that 2/3 of our life expectancy is controlled by our lifestyle and what we eat. He strongly suggests avoiding processed foods, eating a variety of whole foods and growing your own where possible. Having a home garden certainly is beneficial, it provide wholesome food and exercise for our bodies.

The course is one of the Teaching Company DVD series. Check out the course topics on their web site:

http://www.teach12.com/tgc/courses/cour ... x?cid=1970
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