Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Food Inc. The Movie Opens This Week

Go watch the trailer

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA.

Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, insecticide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.

Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield's Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms' Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Beef & Global Warming Info Resources

Diet, Energy and Global Warming - University of Chicago

Sustainability of meat-based and plant-based diets and the environmentby David Pimentel and Marcia Pimente

Livestock's Long Shadow - U.N.

The far ranging environmental impacts of global meat consumption -WorldWatch Institute

World Wildlife Fund: Environmental Impact of Beef

Facts About Beef Inputs & Protein Outputs - Cornell

EarthSave Report: A New Global Warming Strategy: How Environmentalists are Overlooking Vegetarianism as the Most Effective Tool Against Climate Change in Our Lifetimes by Noam Mohr

Save the World - With Your Fork by Craig Macintosh

Humans' beef with livestock: a warmer planetAmerican meat eaters are responsible for 1.5 more tons of carbon dioxide per person than vegetarians every year.
By Brad Knickerbocker, Christian Science Monitor
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Eco-Eating: Eating As If the World Matters

The Poor Get Stuffed by George Monbiot: We cannot feed the world’s livestock and the world’s people

Rainforest Destruction: What's Meat Got to Do With It? by Steven Best

Beyond Beef

Global Warming and Meat Overconsumption: A Few More Inconvenient Truths by Kathy Freston

The Coming Crisis: Environmental Disaster, The Global Meat Culture, And Your Health by Steven Best

The Case Against Meat: Evidence Shows that Our Meat-Based Diet is Bad for the Environment, Aggravates Global Hunger, Brutalizes Animals and Compromises Our Health by Jim Motavalli, E Magazine

Meat is a Global Warming Issue by Dan Brook, E Magazine

Warrior for a Healthy Planet by James Faber

Boss Hog: Rolling Stone report on Smithfield and the pig factory industry

Energy Justice Network: Toxic Hazards Posed by Poultry Litter Incineration

Veganism in a Nutshell - Bruce Friedrich

Who is behind the rapid extermination of the Amazon forest? American agrobusiness giants, ADM, Bunge, and Cargill

The True Cost of Food:

So You're an Environmentalist; Why Are You Still Eating Meat? Short version by Jim Motavalli, E Magazine

So You're an Environmentalist; Why Are You Still Eating Meat? Full version by Jim Motavalli, E Magazine

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine on Vegan & Vegetarian Diets

The China Study by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell, II

Meat (narrated by Alec Baldwin)

Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth From the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat

Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe

Anniston Star

University of Chicago

Cornell University


Earthsave 2

Earthsave Canada (150kb PDF)

Veg for Earth

The Food Revolution

Vegan - The New Ethics of Eating

The World’s Healthiest Foods

CFAN - Deforestation (see 5.9)


Vegetarismus Switzerland

Beyond Beef

The Cow - Public Enemy Number One

What the Meat Industry Doesn’t Want you to See 2