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Food Fight and Food Inc. – Two Powerful Films

There are currently two great documentary's on the film circuit today about our food systems – Food Fight and Food Inc. Both amazing must see films to educate and engage people about their food habits. Both films, in very different ways, give us a realistic glimpse of what truly goes on behind the scenes within the food industry. There is plenty of 'food for thought' in these films with regard to where our food comes from, how it is grown/raised (produce and animals), and it's journey to our table.

Food Fight

Food Fight – This Chris Taylor Film (in association with November Films) has a strong but much gentler message about our food system than Food Inc. The first section of Food Fight gives us a clear history around the birth of the Industrial Food Revolution brought on by World War II – TV dinners, convenience foods, and the introduction of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides as standard inputs in the agriculture business – with a lighthearted powerful flavor for change.

Food Fight's real focus revolves around a wonderful revolution to bring back nourishing local foods to center stage, while supporting an often-lost connection between people and the earth. When I first heard the title for this movie, I never imagined it would be a documentary about an inspired movement born in the late 1960s and early 1970s by a group of political anti-corporate protesters led by famed Chef Alice Waters, of Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, CA.

Waters was truly the pioneer (along with other chefs, including Jeremiah Tower) of this movement, which to date has allowed many of the upcoming chefs to learn from the finest of conscious cuisine artists, as well as given farmers markets and edible school yards a solid foundation and position throughout the country. Waters' love of food, and her philosophy of gardens as a meditation of the senses – ignites the gardener and culinary passion within each of us, while it re-establishes a sense of community.

This film is a creative documentary about the passion and courage it takes to reintroduce real food back into mainstream America for the betterment of our health, our spirit, our youth and the planet.

To learn more – click here

Food Inc.

Food Inc. – This film puts it all out there - no holds bard - about the reality of industrialized processed foods in America. Be prepared to look away. The atrocity and abuse of our food systems is shocking and disturbing to say the least. Food Inc. provides an in-depth education about the inhumane treatment of animals and shows the results of the mass production of food as an industrial commodity in the name of producing more, bigger, faster. It's no wonder that an estimated that one in three people will get some form of cancer with what is being presented as healthy nutritious food – genetically modified, irradiated and full of toxic chemicals and bacteria.

The modern supermarket has on average over 47,000 food options on their shelves. Did you know that some farmers are actually paid to destroy crops, or to not grow food at all – how absurd is that when there are people going hungry in the world? Did you know that industrialized tomatoes are picked green and gassed with ethylene – a colorless, flammable gas (C2H4) derived from petroleum – that is piped into crated containment? Many of our children have never tasted a real garden fresh tomato. When they do taste a freshly grown vegetable, it's amazing to see the look on their face when they realize they actually do like vegetables.

It is time to wake up America and pay attention to the source from which your food is coming. We must demand and support local organic farmers, eat seasonally, and give up large-scale fishing and feedlot practices by eliminating, or eating far less fish, poultry and meats. We must leave some fish in the oceans, and treat animals with compassion and dignity.

The industry doesn't want you to know the truth about what you are eating, but this movie really says it all. The next time you go shopping remember, when a food item is passed through the food scanner in the supermarket that is a vote for sustainable and local - or not - so why not vote for organic, free range and sustainable foods? It might be a little more expensive, but when you factor in the health care costs and physical ailments as a result of pour nutrition, the economics are much more beneficial and affordable when we shop and eat responsibly. Lets join together in sending a message to some of the most powerful corporations in America – food companies.

For more information about our food systems and ways you can make a difference, please visit the Food Inc. website – Click here.

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