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Vandana Shiva’s work is about promoting the world’s small farmers, reclaiming seeds in their native form and providing us with healthy choices in our food supply. On the other end of the spectrum is the industrialized food system, or, food as most of us know it in North America.

To fully understand the magnitude of harm our food system is causing us, we have to look no further than our own bodies and environment.

Exposing these dangers is the mind-blowing documentary, Food Inc., which takes us on a ride through the factory farm and pesticide-ridden production of our food.

From food-borne illness and obesity to genetic engineering, Food Inc. will forever change the way you look at food.

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Most of us know little about where our food comes from and haven’t bothered to ask.

So this story comes at an opportune time, uncovering what’s actually going on in the North American food industry, an industry more consumed with profit than with the health of our communities, farmers, environment, and bodies.

What Vandana Shiva fights against, and what Food Inc. ultimately exposes, is a food system out of the hands of farmers and consumers, and controlled by a few major corporations.

The film is not all pessimistic, though. Just as Vandana Shiva sees a hope for the future of natural crop diversification and small farmers, Food Inc. has a positive outlook and an empowering message for consumers.

There are stories of courageous farmers and people standing up against the corporations to bring real food to the table. As consumers, we have immense power to shape our food supply; every dollar we spend on our food is a vote.

We’ve got some great ideas to plant the seed in your family and community, and help shift towards a sustainable food system. Food Inc.’s got 10 simple ideas of their own to take action on this issue:

1. Stop drinking pop and sweetened drinks.

2. Eat at home instead of eating out.

3. Help ensure food labels are complete and easy to understand to help make healthy choices.

4. Stop the sale of soda and junk food in schools.

5. Go without meat at least one day a week.

6. Buy organic or sustainable food with little or no pesticides.

7. Protect family farms and visit your local farmer’s market.

8. Make a point of learning where your food comes from.

9. Tell the government that food safety is important to you.

10. Demand job protections for farm workers and food processors, ensuring fair wages and other protections.

You can watch Food Inc. through December online on CBC’s website. Let us know what you think about the movie by leaving a comment below.

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, you can plant the first seed: Share your story of how you’re planting seeds for change in your community, by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero! Contest details and more information can be found here.


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