This article is featured in the July '07 Feeding Your Family Newsletter
Sharing unpleasant realities with children is always challenging. Do you tell them the cold hard truth? Or sugar coat the facts and keep them in the dark for as long as possible? If you're looking for a middle ground to let older children, teens and adults know why you go out of your way to buy cage-free eggs and pasture-raised beef, consider showing them The Meatrix.
This award-winning trilogy of animated shorts spoofs the movie The Matrix to show the alternate reality that exists behind the closed doors of factory farms. It's funny and clever, but also shares some sobering facts. Hunt around on the Web site and you'll find ways to get involved in the movement to make American farms healthier places: www.themeatrix.com.
Larissa Phillips is an award-winning writer, food lover and a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Email her at FeedingYourFamily@Parenthood.com