Posted by: Kate | July 12, 2011

Food Inc., A Movie Review

The other day Bushboy and I sat down to watch Food Inc. I debated over letting him watch it with me, as he is still at an age where watching these types of things can turn into food aversions if not done carefully. So I talked to him ahead of time about what we might see, and then we watched the film.

The movie is excellent, and eye-opening and interesting. It is short, and so contains less information than a book on the same topic. I enjoyed the format, there are a number of topic headings and the information is nicely organized. There is a good mix of interviews, although there are also some scare tactics involved. There wasn’t a lot of sensationalized scenes, such as killing floors, etc, which had been my concern ahead of time.

This is definitely an american film. The food regulations and systems are different in Canada than in the U.S. In Canada ground beef can only be ground beef, it cannot contain any additives or fillers and it has to adhere to very strict fat percentage contents as well. The corn and genetically modified seeds sections were for me the most alarming. This was information I already knew for the most part, but somehow seeing it and hearing it spoken out loud by people directly involved was more intense.

There was one farmer shown as an example of a different system. But he wasn’t glorified. You were left to make your own conclusions.

This is what interests me. I think there are a lot of people who feel that this food system is ok. How else are we going to feed so many people affordably they would ask. People don’t want to know how the food is processed, don’t want to know the politics of food.

Bushboy didn’t want to talk much about the film after. I appreciated that the film wasn’t too disturbing visually, but still contained a lot of information to digest. I did talk to him about the differences in our food system, and also the similarities.

When I was his age, recycling was just beginning to take hold in our city. It was the kids, me and my friends and others of our age across the city, who spurred it on. We reminded our parents and our schools to separate the paper and the tins and the glass, and then take it to the recycling centres. Now, I believe, it is my son’s generation who could do the same with food.

At the end of the movie were some great pointers about what the viewer can do if so inclined. A voice can make a difference, and many voices can make a big difference. It doesn’t have to be political. Just make food ours again.


Responses

  1. very interesting Kate. having read a lot of books about where our food comes from and those issue being close to my heart, i will try to check out this film.

  2. I’ve seen this film and thought a lot about these topics. My favorite motto is “vote with your fork.”

  3. My interest in food has developed from a different angle. I read “In Defense of Food” several years ago. I knew a lot of what he talked about, but listening (I was driving) all smooshed together scared me. And when I consider the wanton destruction of our oceans, I feel a bit overwhelmed with a sense of hopelessness. It seems so simple to return to a more natural, smaller way of producing food, but so many people seem to not want to do that. And even those that do are being corraled by smart marketeers — even if your lettuce from China is organic, how can it possibly be good for you, the planet or the people in China that grow it? Ugh! Sorry to hijack your blog. I wish we lived in a bigger space because I feel that my efforts to retake food on my homefront are woefully inadequate.


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