Lebanese Food / Wine and Culinary Traditions

Lebanese Food / Wine and Culinary Traditions
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Monday, March 21, 2011

Food Inc - Official Trailer

This is absolutely incredible! I watched the movie last night. Two important authors: Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (In Defense of Food) commented on the food industry in the USA for the film. How did men become so out of touch with what he / she puts in his mouth. I hope that this movie, among others, is making a difference. What can one person do? In Lebanon, organic farming is new but it will become important.

At the end of the movie, the following words are written to give you the essence of the movie.

Hungry for Change? I highly recommend that you visit this website takepart.com/foodinc

You can vote to change this system 3 times a day.
Buy from companies that treat workers, animals and the environment with respect.
When you go to the supermarket, choose foods that are in season.
Buy foods that are organic.
Know what is in your food.
Read labels.
Know what you buy.
The average meal travels 1500 miles from the farm to the supermarket.
Buy foods that are grown locally.
Shop at farmers' markets.
Plant a garden (even a small one).
Cook a meal with your family and eat together.
Everyone has a right to healthy food.
Ask your school board to provide healthy school lunches.
Ask your government to do something .... (ha!)
If you say grace, ask for food that will keep us and the planet healthy.
You can change the world with every bite.

More from the website, in other words - to reinforce the above:

1  Stop drinking sodas and other sweetened beverages.
You can lose 25 lbs in a year by replacing one 20 oz soda a day with a no calorie beverage (preferably water).
2 Eat at home instead of eating out.
Children consume almost twice (1.8 times) as many calories when eating food prepared outside the home.
3 Bring food labeling into the 21st Century.
Half of the leading chain restaurants provide no nutritional information to their customers.
4 Tell schools to stop selling sodas, junk food, and sports drinks.
Over the last two decades, rates of obesity have tripled in children and adolescents aged 6 to 19 years.
5 Meatless Mondays—Go without meat one day a week.
An estimated 70% of all antibiotics used in the United States are given to farm animals.
6 Buy organic or sustainable food with little or no pesticides.
According to the EPA, over 1 billion pounds of pesticides are used each year in the U.S.
7 Protect family farms; visit your local farmer's market.
Farmer's markets allow farmers to keep 80 to 90 cents of each dollar spent by the consumer.
8 Make a point to know where your food comes from—READ LABELS.
The average meal travels 1500 miles from the farm to your dinner plate.
9 Tell Congress that food safety is important to you.
Each year, contaminated food causes millions of illnesses and thousands of deaths in the U.S.
10 Demand job protections for farm workers and food processors, ensuring fair wages and other protections.

Food for Thought from Michael Pollan:

"Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food."
Michael Pollan

"When chickens get to live like chickens, they'll taste like chickens, too."
Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

"Shake the hand that feeds you."
Michael Pollan (In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto)

"Daily, our eating turns nature into culture, transforming the body of the world into our bodies and minds."
Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

Now that I know how supermarket meat is made, I regard eating it as a somewhat risky proposition. I know how those animals live and what's on their hides when they go to slaughter, so I don't buy industrial meat.
Michael Pollan

People in Slow Food understand that food is an environmental issue.
Michael Pollan

When you go to the grocery store, you find that the cheapest calories are the ones that are going to make you the fattest - the added sugars and fats in processed foods.
Michael Pollan

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