Food Inc

Here is a terrific documentary called Food Inc. It explores some of the problems with the food system. I highly, HIGHLY recommend checking this documentary out.

The main point of the documentary is that there is a disconnect between where we believe our food comes from and where it actually comes from.

Many of us have this noble ideal of farmers toiling their land and producing nutritious, wholesome food. Unfortunately, that’s not how things actually work.

In order to make healthy choices about what you eat, it’s important to have a clear understanding of where your food comes from, what “natural” and “organic” really mean, and how you can figure out what’s actually good for you and what’s just marketing hype.

Check out the documentary. You’ll be happy you did!


The Mexican Fisherman Story

A friend of mine posted this on his Facebook page…

Once upon a time, a businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The businessman complimented the fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The fisherman replied only a little while.

The businessman then asked, “Why don’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?” The fisherman replied back,” I have enough to support my family’s immediate needs.”

“But what do you do with the rest of your time?”, questioned the Businessman again. To this the fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos; I have a full and busy life, señor.”

The businessman scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and I could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats; eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman, you would sell directly to the processor and eventually open your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually New York City where you would run your expanding enterprise.”

The fisherman asked, “But señor, how long will this all take?” To which the businessman replied, “15-20 years.” “But what then, señor?” The businessman laughed and said, “That’s the best part! When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions.” “Millions, señor? Then what?” The businessman said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”

The fisherman, still smiling, looked up and said, “Isn’t that what I’m doing right now?”

~Author Unknown