Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Two birds, one hand

There's a movie coming out: Food, Inc. I really want to see it. Here's the start of the blurb:

With a constituency limited to anyone who eats, "Food, Inc." is a civilized horror movie for the socially conscious, the nutritionally curious and the hungry. Yes, it has a deceptively cheery palette, but helmer Robert Kenner's doc -- which does for the supermarket what "Jaws" did for the beach -- marches straight into the dark side of cutthroat agri-business, corporatized meat and the greedy manipulation of both genetics and the law.

Tack that on to the fact that I just finished reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. She wrote a wonderful account of their year of living off their Appalachian land and the produce of their neighbors. Now I'm really looking forward to digging in a garden, one that will feed us even minimally.

I figure that to be realistic we won't be able to become locavores right off the bat, but keeping our purchases to, say, the U.S. only shouldn't be so hard. Then we can look at Virginia itself. We're not a hard-pressed state when it comes to feeding ourselves, and I'm rather looking forward to the challenge.

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