Sarah and I got back Saturday from a trip to Southern California where I taught a Soundabet workshop for 55 teachers. We drove there because of all the materials I had to distribute. The round trip was a little more than 1,000 miles and 18 hours time behind the wheel. The drive along the California coast is beautiful, but exhausting.
We don't very often spend that much time in cars, so yesterday when we wanted to see a movie over in Santa Rosa (about 7 miles away) we decided to ride the bus over there and walk home.
The movie, Food Inc., is a documentary about the changes that have occurred since WWII in how food is produced in the US. It focuses on the many unintended consequences of those changes and their deleterious effects on our health, our ecology, and on the well-being of animals.
It's a powerful film and echoes many of the messages of my favorite summer reading, An Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan.
We enjoyed our 7-mile, 2-hour walk home. We talked about the movie (it's a bit depressing) and discussed ways we can respond more fully to this information. We appreciated the many things that we're already doing.
There's a website that provides more information about food-related issues. Ignorance is NOT bliss in regard to the food industry.
I recommend people who plan on eating food sometime in the future to visit www.takepart.com
And, if you're able, take a walk outdoors.