Grocery Store Wars and The Meatrix
May 3, 2005
In Austin, my little household had gotten to at least 50% organic and/or small manufacturer-produced food and cleaning products. Unfortunately we found prices to be much higher on average in Saint Paul, and being without incomes when we got here, we temporarily went back to regular groceries (but still animal-friendly health and cleaning products). Though it has hurt the wallet somewhat, we've finally gotten back to 50% or so. Thus it was that I felt self-satisfied eating my organic apple while watching Grocery Store Wars today. [Sadly the site is down now]
I wish I could get into more details about organic farming and sustainable development. Suffice to say that I have been doing quite a bit of reading — directly or by proxy (learning from my conservationist wife) — and was amazed at the accuracy and effectiveness of the message delivered in Grocery Store Wars. To boot, it was a fabulous send up of Star Wars, featuring Cuke Skywalker, Obi Wan Canoli, and Darth Tater (among others). As soon as I find the site back up, I'll update this article.
But all is not lost! Watch The Meatrix, which is just as cleverly linked to the movie, though not as cute and a bit depressing. It is far more than a clever marketing ploy. Have you ever driven by a hog farm in Iowa and seen the long buildings they cram the hogs in? Smelled the horrible stench coming from it? Heard about the fact that half the young people in Iowa come up here to Minnesota because industrial agriculture left them with nothing to do and nowhere to work? If so, then you'll recognize the truth of the Red Pill's vision.
So please consider supporting local, organic, non-GMO, anti-bacterial-free, cruelty-free, etc. products. Hopefully one day I'll have time to write a longer article (or least point to good links) with more education about these issues.
In the Twin Cities, Cub and Rainbow groceries usually carry some products. Of course there's also the best — Austin-based Whole Foods — along with many other small local stores (Mississippi Market, Hampden Co-op, Kowalski's… to name a few).