They say Christmas starts earlier and earlier each year, and they’re right. Christmas merchandising is almost a month old at department stores. If they’re thinking Christmas, we’re thinking Christmas.
The first must-have, food-related gift for the whole family was released Tuesday on DVD. "Food Inc.” is a film the whole family needs to see. It might not be easy viewing, but it’s essential. Somewhere between Chef Boyardee, Shake ’n Bake and the Hamburger Helper family, we lost our way. Then came fast food, frozen food and microwaveable meals. This movie is a grassroots effort to pull us back into eating habits that are both human and humane. Remember when you used to consume beef from locally raised cattle? Eat produce from your own garden? Of course, you don’t. I was raised on corn from a can. I remember Lean Cuisine, when packets were boiled in water and when I first experienced "Chinese” food from a box courtesy of La Choy, which started in Detroit. This movie serves a ton of information, none to be ignored and all to be discussed. The subject matter affects anyone touched by food-borne illness, the domino effect of corporate farming and how the economy can literally be bad for your health. The whole family should be allowed to digest and discuss these issues. Once discussion starts, the road to change is laid out. Our actions pave that road, which leads to a more efficient, affordable, safe and healthy way of life. If we truly reap what we sow, it’s time to stop sowing seeds created in Frankenstein’s laboratory. In other words: eat local.