I'm so very hopeful that the latest food documentary - Food Chains - can make the inequities and injustices in our food system more widely known...and not simply preach to the sustainable-fair-just-good-local food movement choir. Why? After years of studying food systems, I still don't buy the argument that the majority of consumers just don't care, just don't want to care, or just don't have time to care about where the food comes from, how it's grown and who grows it. It's lazy and, worse, weak.
How can you simply not care, especially if you choose to buy and consume tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, potatoes, meat, eggs, milk and, well, all food that you buy in grocery stores or eat out in restaurants? Why is it so easy for us to be outraged in cases when our pets eat tainted food and we call for immediate political reform? Not that our pets aren't important (I love my dog!), but if we are eating at least three meals a day (which likely contain ingredients grown using slave labor [yes, from here in the U.S.!] and heavy biocide applications [which contribute to other diseases and illnesses]), shouldn't we care more or, at the very least, be just as outraged?
It's said that eating is a political act, yet it seems that the vast majority of us are choosing to vote with and for the Ignorance Is Bliss Party. We are way better and smarter than that and are capable of much, much more.
Hopefully the trailer for Food Chains will strike a chord with you, and if it does, there are many resources on the site that can help you to act and encourage your otherwise hesitant friends and family members to do so as well.