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“Food Inc.” Free Screening in Aylmer,ON Dec 01

The Elgin chapter of the National Farmers Union (a fantastic organization, I must add) is offering a free screening of the movie “Food Inc.” this Tuesday in Aylmer, ON:

“The documentary is showing in Aylmer at 7:30 PM at the Old Town Hall Theatre, which is above the library, half a block south of the main corner. Sponsored by the Elgin National Farmers Union. Everyone welcome!”

This movie is worth seeing, offering a very insightful peek into our global food system and its problems.  It also offers an interesting perspective on Wal-Mart, placing the mega-multinational in a positive light for a change. i.e. as “part of the solution.”  I have to say, this aspect of the film caught me off guard.  Then again, the argument that Capitalism will solve its own problems is not a new one.  Here, Wal-Mart asserts that only money matters, and if people want hormone free milk, they will provide it.  Capitalism as the new democracy – vote with your wallets everyone!

Still, I am left wondering how much funding Wal-Mart contributed to this movie for all the positive advertising it gets from it.  And as for voting with our wallets, this mentality still restricts us options that are profitable within the current system.  Can this approach change anything?  Do our solutions exist within the system in which we function?  Or do we need to be thinking beyond our current box?  I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter…

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