Confession: We’ve become food documentary junkies. It’s probably a result of canceling cable, having Netflix streaming capabilities at our fingertips and a baby with an early bedtime. That and the fact that we can rarely decide on a movie to watch, so we default to food documentaries. Have you seen any of them? They are facinating — no, mind blowing!
Of course, they are one side of the story, but after watching Food, Inc.; Food Matters; Hungry for Change; Food Fight; Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead; and a handful of other food documentaries, I’m convinced there is something seriously wrong with America’s food system and that everything I thought I knew about food was wrong.
But there was a defining moment in our lives when the curtain was pulled back and truth started to reveal itself to us. Ironically, it came from a few blog comments on this post. A reader had inquired about how we spend our $100/week food money, and we thought it would be fun to shoot a video after a trip to the grocery store. Now, just looking at the food we bought at that time makes me sick to my stomach. And at the very same moment, we can rejoice in the fact that the only thing in that video that we still buy is bananas. We even did a follow-up post the next week on how nutritionally challenged we were and a few ways we were trying to be better. Although it was a step in the right direction, we still had a long way to go.