Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Food Inc. Movie Giveaway

We love this film so much we're giving two brand new copies away to two lucky readers. Full details below the dotted line (if you want to skip ahead).

***Update: This giveaway has ended, find the lucky winners at the bottom of the post. Stay tuned for future giveaways right here at 17 Apart! ***

By now, it shouldn't be a secret that food plays a major role in each of our lives and throughout the course of our relationship. The enjoyment of food has always been something we've taken great pleasure in, however, over the past few years learning where our food comes from, buying it locally and as sustainably as we can has become more important than ever. Today we're thrilled we have the opportunity to share why...

Back in 2009 when I was living in Brooklyn, I put the documentary Food Inc. on my Netflix queue. I'd seen a preview for it and had been increasingly interested in learning more about the American food system, though never really thought too much about it. Honestly, I thought the documentary would be some interesting food for thought (pun intended) but never expected it to actually change my life in the way it did. Since watching the film and then watching it over again with Tim, we've made small changes and integrated new choices in the we think about, shop, and support the food system.

All in all, it's a totally unpretentious film that opened up a whole new world to us we never would have known about. Watching the film initially got us thinking and taking small steps. Over the past 3 or so years, those small steps have added up into what we like to think is a clearer path to sustainable eating and living. It really helped us feel like each small step we make as individuals does make a difference.

Food Inc. seeded the reasons why we support local Farmer's Markets, planted our organic backyard garden, began composting, are careful where we choose to shop for groceries and thoughtful about the food choices we make while dining out. Of course, we are far from perfect and it's taken us about 2-3 years to even get to where we are now (with lot's of room to grow further), but I can say with certainty we are more conscience and thoughtful than not.

Tim's been lucky enough to actually visit Polyface farms (the featured farm in the movie) on a food pickup with Mark Lilly of Farm to Family. I'd love the chance to visit at some point and have been toying with the idea of signing up for one of their "lunatic" farm tours. So proud to know Polyface played such a major role in Food Inc and that this farm is in good ole Virginia.

Tim on the Farm to Family Bus with Mark Lilly

While we're definitely not trying to push anything on anyone, this is something that's important enough to us that we want to share with anyone willing and interested. I'm always amazed how each time I watch this documentary I learn something new. We hope you'll take a solid hour and thirty minutes of your time to watch it and draw your own conclusions!

Special Note: In a wonderful coincidence, we just got word Food Inc will be showing as a rebroadcast on PBS tonight: August 9, 2011. Check your local listings right here in the event you can tune in!

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Now down to business:
To enter, simply leave a comment on this post and tell us what your favorite summer vegetable is.

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The giveaway will end Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 11:59 PM EST; the winner will be auto-generated using Random.org and updated in this post shortly thereafter. Be sure to come visit to find out the winner and good luck!

***Update: This giveaway has ended, the lucky winners are commenters #49, monte, and #56, captainliss40 (captainliss40, please get in touch with us by this Friday 8/19 to claim your dvd since we don't have contact info for you). Stay tuned for future giveaways right here at 17 Apart! ***

82 comments:

  1. Bountiful in our garden, plus my favs - zucchini and cucumbers! One easy dish my family loves is sauteed zucchini. Slice the zucchini add onions and cook with olive oil till soft. Yesterday we picked our first butternut squash...first year to plant! Looking for some yummy recipes for the squash.

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  2. At the moment I'm really enjoying my homegrown yellow courgettes (or zucchini as you guys would say), particularly in a risotto with lots of lemon! Really like the sound of Food Inc, sounds right up my alley.

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  3. My fave summer vegetable: tomatoes, most varieties - technically a fruit, but legally a vegetable, so I think it will work for these purposes :) Freshly picked, still warm from the sun, just sliced up; probably my favorite side dish all summer long!

    I've never seen Farm, Inc, but I've heard good things from many. It's such an important topic from a variety of perspectives; health, environment, social. I'm certainly far from perfect, as well, but I do strive to make responsible choices for the most part. Would love to see the film sometime.

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  4. And that should obviously read Food, Inc - I should probably double check my writing a bit more :)

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  5. my favorite summer vegetable is okra and tomatoes

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  6. My favorite summer veggies are cucumbers and tomatoes beacause they don't require cooking!

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  7. My fave is asparagus! Yum!
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  8. Corn is my favorite summer vegetable!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  9. I tweeted, I'm @AmberGoo:
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  10. I follow your blog with googlereader
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  11. Squash!

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  12. Tomatoes; home grown of course! :)

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  13. David HollingsworthAugust 11, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    I don't know if this counts as a summer vegetable, but I love broccoli.

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  14. I like fresh corn on the cob.

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  17. My favorite summer vegetable would have to be tomatoes right out of my garden!

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  23. You cannot beat fresh green beans.

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  24. zucchini!!! mmmm jmmccarr@gmail.com

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  25. Yellow squash :)

    Karen Gonyea
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  26. My favorite summer vegetable is sweet white corn from New Jersey. Alas, I no longer live in New Jersey so it's rare I can enjoy it. asthenight at gmail dot com

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  32. I shared on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/AsTheNight/status/102097341703663617.

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  33. My favorite summer vegetable? A wonderful, fragrant home-grown tomato! Thanks for the contest!
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  34. my favorite summer vegetable
    is chip with red chilli

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  35. OKRA
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  36. My favorite summer vegetable is the jalepeno!

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  40. my favorite summer vegetable is summer squash
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  41. I love the cherry tomato!

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  42. My favorite summer vegetable is yellow squash!

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  43. I am an email subscriber.

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  44. Fresh tomatoes! captainliss40(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. Mine would be sweet corn!
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  51. best summer vegetable is green beans

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  52. My favorite summer veggie is tomatoes. I think they are technically a fruit.

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  54. I tweeted this giveaway!
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  56. Fave summer veggies have got to be tomatoes or cucumbers!!! Prefer them together with red onions mmmmmm!
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  57. I had seen Food Inc back in 2009 as well, and though I haven't made the drstic changes you have, it definitely persuaded me to buy locally when I can! We have a wonderful farmer's market in our town, and I find that the vegetables even taste better when I buy local. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! My favorite summer veggie is peppers!
    Cassie
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  58. My favorite changes as my garden grows, right now I am loving our broad beans, and our purple beans out of our garden - yum!
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  60. cucumbers and tomatoes!
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  67. I love Tomatoes the best in the summer, ripe and juicy - Thanks

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  71. I love tomatoes and cucumbers this time of year.

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  72. I know this giveaway is over, but I just wanted to mention that this movie has been in the 'recommended for you' section on my netflix for sooooo long and I always skip it for some reason. I'm totally going to watch it now. Thanks for the nudge!!
    Amy :)

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  73. That's awesome Amy! Let us know how you like it!

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