“Promised Land”

I saw this movie a few weeks ago. I was excited to see Matt Damon in a non-Bourne role, especially since he co-wrote the screenplay and I do so love “Good Will Hunting.” It was a serious, thought-provoking, quirky film with an interesting and believable twist at the end.

I don’t claim to be very informed about farming, frakking, or agricultural economics. But when I drive past fields here in central Illinois, I feel grateful to be so close to the food I eat. As much as I like to pretend meat comes from Styrofoam platters at the store, I know that my sustenance really depends on the man who owns those cows I just sped past on my way to the train in Bloomington. I think living so close to farms and seeing them so often is a healthy reminder for me. And I feel a deep sadness when I think of the small farmer’s plight in our world today. When I hear about another farmer selling acres to make ends meet, compromising their land or their produce or their ethic to survive, I know that something has become broken and something important has been lost.

I will definitely see “Promised Land” again. I think it stirs up in me the right amount of angst, leading to the right amount of thoughtfulness. As a shopper/chef for one I can’t afford or justify buying strictly local everything in the dead of winter (sans farmer’s market). But there are steps I can take to support local farms, and inconvenience should never be an excuse not to do so. I can buy local meat year round. I can frequent local grocers. I can shop seasonally. I can try to garden (futile as that might be).

What other suggestions do you have for single-serve local shopping?


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