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  1. Joel Salatin emphasizes the hidden costs of processed foods that are discussed in the documentary Food Inc. We don’t realize that even though we are paying low prices, in the long run this is detrimental to our health, to the abused animals in CAFOs, and to farmers and other workers involved in the process. There are so many social factors at play as well. The recruiting done by the major meat factories in Mexico was astonishing, not to mention their treatment of the workers. This business model hurts so many people and animals that the cost of that $0.99 bag of chips hardly seems worth it.

    Written by Alejandra Sanchez on September 11, 2010 @ 12:23 am
  2. Hi Alejandra,

    I couldn’t agree with you more, on all of your points. The social costs are incredibly high and do not get enough attention. Food Inc. gave fantastic exposure as to what is truly going on in this country with the CAFOs, and I hope people’s awareness continues to grow.

    Thanks for your feedback!

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by livingmaxwell on September 12, 2010 @ 10:03 am
  3. As important as it is to make the investment towards healthier, organic foods, how helpful is it to families and others who simply do not have the means to afford them? For example, one food that is rather more expensive than non-organic is milk and it is more expensive because it is not processed ironically. The limited availability and cost cause many to rely on the subsidized price provided most readily. That being said, more information should be put out about the benefits and ways of obtaining organic food. I had not researched items like raw milk till after this documentary simply because I had never heard of it before.

    Written by Nancy on September 14, 2010 @ 6:15 am
  4. Hi Nancy,

    I think it is a matter of a few things:

    - educating people on the importance of organic food
    - putting pressure on politicians to make organic food more affordable and fewer subsidies to major ag companies to produce GMO food.
    - showing people how to spend their dollars more wisely and how to allocate their limited dollars in a more effective and healthy way.

    I agree. We need to get more information out there. It is very critical.

    Thanks for your input.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by livingmaxwell on September 14, 2010 @ 11:15 am
  5. Hi,
    What saddens me the most is that this information (processed nutritionally empty food, non-organic etc.) is not reaching the low-income Spanish folks. Currently, Grocery Outlet sells a few organic items but most people who buy there don’t understand the difference: and if given a choice would shop a brand that they have seen on TV.
    We have such an incredible opportunity to change people’s lives but the information should be available to all people. Just imagine if more people understood the benefits of eating non-process, non-toxic food, what a difference it could make in the food industry.
    I am volunteering my time at the San Pablo Farmer’s Market this year to connect with people there.

    Written by Elizabeth on March 24, 2013 @ 10:48 pm
  6. Hi Elizabeth,

    You are correct – it is not reaching as many people as it should. That is why every single one of us has to do our best to spread the truth about healthy, organic food. The information is out there but it just isn’t getting to everyone.

    Thank you for volunteering at the San Pablo Farmer’s Market!!

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on March 29, 2013 @ 9:05 am
  7. I am a farmer who has grown organic as well as conventional grown fruits and vegetables. Organic crops cost more because it costs more to produce them and the yields are less. People in America want perfect produce. You should spend a day at a organic or conventional packing house and see how much is thrown away because it has to be perfect or people won’t buy it. There is more labor involved and it takes more fuel to produce the crop because of not being able to use herbicides. Most organic food is sprayed with organic pesticides more often then conventional crops are. Also there is no subsidies on conventional grown vegetables, only on grain. The prices are low because of foreign imports and oversupply.People can choose whatever they like as I am not opposed to eating organic but it bothers me that the things being said are not facts. I would love to discuss this further with anybody who really cares about the truth.

    Written by Chuck on December 9, 2013 @ 8:54 am
  8. Hi Chuck,

    Studies have shown that yields are higher initially with conventional/GMOs but not over time.

    And I agree with you. People do want “perfect” produce and that is a shame. Produce, especially organic, is not always perfect looking yet is perfectly good to eat. It is a real problem that we face.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on December 11, 2013 @ 1:06 pm
  9. Hello again,

    Thank you for your response. I would still like to discuss this further with you. Please contact me at chasbt1@gmail.com if you would like to setup a time to talk.

    Thanks again,

    Chuck Trolley

    Written by Chuck Trolley on December 16, 2013 @ 10:27 am

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