This week Oprah dedicated an hour to talking about Food Inc. and to sustainable food expert Michael Pollan, along with a satellite interview with Alicia Silverstone. Food Inc. was released in theatres back in June. So yes the movie feels like it’s been out there forever. Miss Winfrey just got around to watching it and luckily it made an impact. Such an impact she decided despite it not being a new release she still wanted to craft a show around it. I am glad for that. The movie seemed to open her eyes to the fact that cows, pigs, turkeys, chicken, etc. are treated so horrible on factory farms. So bad in fact that their tortured life ends up effecting the products meat eaters put in their bodies. Who wants to hear that animals live a life of pain, that they are pumped thru of antibiotics and steroids and that they eat food they were never meant to eat. Well not Oprah and surely not me. I am glad Oprah tackled this because, say what you will about her, people hang on her every word. I have to imagine people saw the show and next time they go to the grocery store they will shop differently. They will look for free-range meat, cage-free eggs, hormone free milk, etc. Now this still isn’t ideal because those labels don’t mean a whole lot. Just because it says cage-free doesn’t = happy chickens. Or as those commercials says California = Happy Cows. Ummm not so much, but and this is a huge but, small steps are good! Any step in the right direction is a good one. Michael Pollan was a great guest for Oprah to have on. I am disappointed that he points out that he eats meat, but at least his message is valid. DON’T EAT THE CRAPPY MEAT THAT IS OUT THERE NOW. Be aware of what you put into your body. I recently read that the veal industry suffered greatly in recent years because people finally felt bad that they were eating mistreated BABY cows. Who wants to eat a mistreated baby of any kind. Now that message just needs to translate to other parts of the industry. After watching this Oprah show I have to say I had more hope that this is indeed happening. The message needs to go mainstream and who is more mainsteam that Oprah?