Tara and I had a very good Thanksgiving. First, we had our Turkey Day meal at Cascadia, where we indulged in all the goodness that comes from a menu that reads “dessert buffet”.
Afterwards, we headed to the cinema, where we watched the long-ago released Documentary “The Future of Food“.
For those of you who haven’t seen this film, I cannot recommend it highly enough, as it covers in depth what I have only briefly touched upon. From their synopsis:
There is a revolution happening in the farm fields and on the dinner tables of America — a revolution that is transforming the very nature of the food we eat.
THE FUTURE OF FOOD offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade.
From the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada to the fields of Oaxaca, Mexico, this film gives a voice to farmers whose lives and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by this new technology. The health implications, government policies and push towards globalization are all part of the reason why many people are alarmed by the introduction of genetically altered crops into our food supply.
I came away from the film very irrate at Monsanto, a company I’ve never held in high esteem. Seeing their dangerous corporate practices fully on display not only cemented my view, but added a bit more information I was lacking previously. I promise to have more on this soon, as I walked away with several ideas that I wish to bring to the table…so to speak.
The film does not advocate as much as expose, contrary to what several critics have said. The time in the film spent on the organic and local food movements is minimal, probably because there was so much to cover in regard to Genetically Engineered and Modified food, and the corporations who are pushing these programs.
For those of you not near a major city that shows non-Hollywood movies, the documentary is available on DVD, to be shipped on December 6th. I’ve ordered my own copy, as there is a plethora of information that I am going to reference at a later date.
I highly recommend this film.