I was fortunate enough to go to a screening of "Fresh, the Movie" this past week. "Fresh" was insightful, informative and managed to have a balance of humor and reality. The experts interviewed were terrific. It is both a great primer for people who really don't understand the conventional American food system and a bold visual reminder to self-defined foodies out there.
All of the filmmakers and directors involved in these films deserve enormous kudos for their work and their ability to educate others on the unfortunate and shameful state of food in the U.S. I have seen many of the food documentaries out there. But, after thinking about some of these films, most miss a major point - if my opinion means anything - that is worth noting.
People should be tired and outraged that they are eating crap!
We see the factory farms. We see the sad, sickly looking animals. We see the vast acres of farmland planted with genetically modified monocultures. But, what about the people who eat the food? In recent years, there has been much speculation on the nutrition value of organic versus conventional food. Even if that argument is still being debated, just think about it: Pesticides, herbicides and fungicides are sprayed on food and make their way into our bodies, where they can cause irreparable damage; GM seeds containing man-made, foreign DNA - perhaps that of animals - make their way into some of our favorite veggies. Any pragmatic, thinking individual should be offended by what major agribusiness pump into their food. Cows eating grain with by-products of cows - gross! People who buy local, organic and biodynamic are making a statement, but I want to see people who don't know what's going into their body feel outraged when they know that they are essentially being feed, well, crap. You should be offended that this low quality food is being put into your body.
Yes, agribusiness has immense pull in Washington. Last time I checked, force feeding is illegal. We, the people, are the only ones who decide what we put in our pantries and our stomachs.