Tuesday, July 6, 2010
FOOD, INC: A Simple Movie Review
It is no understatement to say that I've been avoiding this movie for a long time. I buy locally as much as I can. I buy organic as much as I can. I shop at Farmers Markets. I cook from scratch & limit meat intake. Still.. I was really worried about watching this movie. I was scared that the content would be more than I could handle. If you, too, have been intimidated to watch this movie, DON'T BE. Most of the information presented is pretty basic & it is not as gruesome as I thought it would be. The movie presents an honest look at how food production(and in particular meat production) has affected the overall economy & health of our nation. It also addresses the serious issues of fair treatment of immigrant employees, food related health costs & the rise of obescity & disease. The best part of the movie, in my opinion, are the interviews with a local farmer who practices "good moral" farming. His animals are grass fed and he takes conviction at putting out a healthier & better product for people to consume. His words are inspiring & I have to admit there are several moments I got a little teary eyed. If you haven't seen this documentary style movie yet, I highly recommend it. If the content isn't familiar to you, it will be a great opportunity to learn something new. If it is familiar, it's a good way to renew some passion for an very important topic! This movie IS NOT suitable for children, but would be excellent for your older teenager! (Side note: If your student has a summer project this would be a great subject!). If you've seen the movie, comment & let me know YOUR thoughts & opinions on it. If you haven't seen it yet, come back & visit after you've seen it to follow up with your opinion too!