FOOD, Inc. Movie Review

food_inc movie poster2FOOD, Inc. arrived at my house in its bright red Netflix enevelope and then sat on our phone table for two full weeks before we ever attempted to watch it.

Why?  We knew the popular documentary would be providing us with disturbing facts and honest images of what really happens to our groceries before they reach our kitchen table.  We imagined ourselves utterly disgusted sitting in a heap of depression at the end of the film.

In fact, our experience was just the opposite.  FOOD, Inc. did illuminate tough truths, but offset them with stories of how organic food is making a mainstream comeback.  Interviews with farmers who are longing to regain some autonomy and those who have struck out on their own offered hope and inspiration.  The movie reminded us that we consumers are voting for products every time we place them in our grocery carts.  Major corporations like Wal-Mart are taking notice of our shopping choices and the market is beginning to shift—however slightly—to meet our needs.

Community Supported Agriculture: A Reasonably-Priced Green Solution for Organic Produce

You may recall from my Earth Day Resolution blog that I’m a struggling grocery shopper. Deciding what’s for dinner is hard enough, but figuring out how to get healthful eco-friendly food for reasonable prices has felt nearly impossible.  I want my child to munch on organic fruits and veggies, but when I see the prices my inner tightwad has a nervous breakdown. 

I’ve only been a Community Supported Agriculture member for one week, but already I feel vastly better about our family’s grocery habits.  Wondering what a CSA is? It’s a farm that provides seasonal organic produce directly to community members for a regular monthly price.  In our case we pay $135 each month for weekly bags chock full of organic goodies.  Click here for more info on CSA’s in general and here to find out if there’s one in your area.


Greener Gifts


Ever since I was brainwashed by Woodsy Owl and the “Give a Hoot, Don’t Pollute” campaign of the ‘70s, I’ve always been a bit of an environmentalist.  Most of the time my green values have dovetailed rather nicely with my tightwad spirit. But for some reason gift shopping has remained beyond my environmental considerations.


Although I get a weird adrenaline rush mining for thrift store treasures, we don’t always have the time to shop secondhand. Plus, I sometimes worry that the gift recipient won’t share my zeal for used goods. In the past, I’ve waited for sales, bought off-season, and just generally bided my time until the right deal came up.