Tag Archives | America

…Food Inc. wants to change the way you look at your food?

Food Inc.

The goal of Food Inc. is to lift the veil on our nation’s food industry and expose the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA.

Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, insecticide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.

Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield’s Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms’ Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.

Though I do recommend seeing this film, I don’t recommend stopping by the popcorn counter first!

[Food Inc.]

…Beer Wars are coming?

Beer Wars

If you think you know beer, then you need to see Beer Wars.

In America, size matters. The bigger you are, the more power you have, especially in the business world.

Director Anat Baron takes you on a no holds barred exploration of the U.S. beer industry that ultimately reveals the truth behind the label of your favorite beer. Told from an insider’s perspective, the film goes behind the scenes of the daily battles and all out wars that dominate one of America’s favorite industries.

Beer Wars begins as the corporate behemoths are being challenged by small, independent brewers who are shunning the status quo and creating innovative new beers. The story is told through 2 of these entrepreneurs – Sam and Rhonda – battling the might and tactics of Corporate America. We witness their struggle to achieve their American Dream in an industry dominated by powerful corporations unwilling to cede an inch.

This contemporary David and Goliath story is ultimately about keeping your integrity (and your family’s home) in the face of temptation. Beer Wars is a revealing and entertaining journey that provides unexpected and surprising turns and promises to change the world’s opinion on those infamous 99 bottles of beer on the wall.

[Beer Wars]

…America likes its presidents tall and fat?

The Measure Of A President

Ever wonder how a candidate’s stature effects his chance of getting into office?

To help evaluate that question, The New York Times put together a fantastic chart of the presidential candidate pairings to see if there are any trends, and found some interesting results.

According to the chart, taller (17 to 8) and heavier (18 to 8) candidates generally do better than their shorter and lighter counterparts.

It’s not an exact science, but it does show some interesting insight into what we see in a leader.

[The New York Times – The Measure Of A President]

[Via: SwissMiss]

…It’s time to Unscrew America?

Unscrew America

Unscrew America is a fantastic site about the need for America to switch away from regular light bulbs and towards LED and CFL bulbs.

There’s plenty to see, so just click around and explore.

[Unscrew America]


…Rampenfest is going to be impressive?

The Ramp

Someone owes the BMW ad guys a congratulations, because “Rampenfest” looks fantastic.

The premise is that a Bavarian town called Oberpfaffelbachen is going “to celebrate the launch of the new BMW 1-Series in America” by constructing “a gigantisch Ramp to launch a BMW 1-Series into America.” The ramp “stands and impressive 454 meters – tall enough to launch a 300-horsepower 1-Series over the Atlantic and into America!”

For more details, check out the Oberpfaffelbachen site, as well as the Rampenfest documentary site, and get ready to witness history being made.