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Super Size Me is a 2004 American documentary film directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock, an American independent filmmaker. Spurlock’s film follows a 30-day period from February 1 to March 2, 2003 during which he ate only McDonald’s food. The film documents this lifestyle’s drastic effect on Spurlock’s physical and psychological well-being, and explores the fast food industry’s corporate influence, including how it encourages poor nutrition for its own profit.

Spurlock dined at McDonald’s restaurants three times per day, eating every item on the chain’s menu at least once. Spurlock consumed an average of 20.92 megajoules or 5,000 kcal (the equivalent of 9.26 Big Macs) per day during the experiment.

As a result, the then-32-year-old Spurlock gained 24½ lbs. (11.1 kg), a 13% body mass increase, a cholesterol level of 230, and experienced mood swings, sexual dysfunction, and fat accumulation in his liver. It took Spurlock fourteen months to lose the weight gained from his experiment using a vegan diet supervised by his future wife, a chef who specializes in gourmet vegan dishes.

The reason for Spurlock’s investigation was the increasing spread of obesity throughout U.S. society, which the Surgeon General has declared “epidemic,” and the corresponding lawsuit brought against McDonald’s on behalf of two overweight girls, who, it was alleged, became obese as a result of eating McDonald’s food [Pelman v. McDonald's Corp., 237 F. Supp. 2d 512], Spurlock points out that although the lawsuit against McDonald’s failed (and subsequently many state legislatures have legislated against product liability actions against producers and distributors of “fast food”), much of the same criticism leveled against the tobacco companies applies to fast food franchises whose product is both physiologically addictive and physically harmful.

The documentary was nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Feature.  More at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Size_Me

 

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FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.
Among several main characters, FRESH features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy. Run time: 70 minutes.

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  • As for ORGANIC food companies, here is some very practical, ‘actionable’ information:

    Which, so-called “organic” food companies are fighting Prop 37 in California, to stop
    GMO labeling, and which organic food companies are funding/supporting GMO labeling
    (ie, your right to know)?
    http://www.cornucopia.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/prop37-poster.jpeg

    Boycott the Organic and ‘Natural’ Traitor Brands Whose Parent Companies Oppose Your Right to Know
    (ie, who oppose CA Prop 37)
    http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_26121.cfm
    http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_26620.cfm

    Which Mega-Corporations own which “organic” food companies?
    https://www.msu.edu/~howardp/organicindustry.html

    Download the “NON-GMO Shopping Guide” here:
    http://gmo.mercola.com/sites/gmo/shopping-guide.aspx

    “BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD” – Gandhi

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  • nativewoman

    We have been farmers going on 3 years. We are both from Chicago I worked in advertising but Pete grew up around farms and livestock. We have raised our own beef, pork, mutton, turkey and chickens. We raise our livestock like they are our dogs or as pets. We recently processed our two jersey/swiss steers for food. We gave our steers a cheer with some very strong rum. We wanted his eyes to cross then we put him down. He had a non-pussed look. It is the most respect we could offer…it was heartbreaking.
    The meat is tender it is all tender. Delicious. We KNOW that our steers ate grass only. No shots, just 100 acres to eat as they please. We always maintained a connection with them by walking with them and scratching them. Just like dogs.
    I have a greenhouse where I want to grow through the winter real veggies. I have had many learning curves. But I don’t give up. I have celery, salad and herbs. The wall of water works really great when it is freezing cold here in nw Illinois.
    It is hard, cold, hot, dirty but it is the most gratifying work that I have ever done in my life. Who knew? Certainly not I. City raised with a Hopi grandmother. She put the seeds in my hand when I was 5, it blew my mind that these little things actually grew food. I did this in a tiny lot in Chicago…this was my destiny. I ALWAYS had a garden…always.
    I would love to have people come out to taste the difference in the meats. We would like to grow for people whatever they wish to have. We will treat them like our pets…with respect, love and gentleness.
    Brilliant…adopt a farmer. Go find one…opt out of dying foods. The anology is to the refrigerators that preserve our dead loved ones is the very same method that your veggies are kept from decaying then delivered to your local grocery stores.

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