This morning’s broadcast of Morning Edition has a look at the new film Food Inc., its director Robert Kenner, and acclaimed food writer Michael Pollan. According to NPR, this film “takes aim at corporate giants behind the U.S. food supply. It makes a fierce argument for Americans to pay attention to where their food really comes from.”
Stacie and I had already been gardening at a community garden some two years ago when the the Great Salmonella Scare of 2008 gripped the nation. Everywhere, tomatoes were suddenly verboten, as they might, just might make you ill. That summer was notably devoid of tomatoes, but it made it all the sweeter when tomatoes started growing in both our back yard and our community garden plots. That was also when I discovered how much better homegrown tomatoes taste than anything you can ever get from any grocery store, no matter how “fresh” or organically grown the fruit may be. And this year, we hope to store much of our crop by canning, which if done right means you still have greatly superior tomatoes that came from your own home.