Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Future of Food – the movie.

This post was originally posted on my other blog: “1 family. Friendly. Food.” on Thursday, July 31, 2008. This is when the idea of starting a second blog which discusses the not so sexy sides of food came up.

I can’t sleep. My son woke me up at 4:43 am because he had a bad dream.
I had a bad dream too. I really shouldn’t watch scary movies late at night.
I didn’t plan to write about serious “things” on this blog. At first this movie did leave me speechless, but then my brain started to process the information and I can’t stop thinking about it.
This is must-see movie. “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.”
The movie discusses Genetically Engineered food. The first two things that came to my mind when I heard "Genetically Engineered (GE) food" were - it's a good thing and a bad thing. Well, let's re-think it.
The main points the movie raises are:
* A small number of GE food corporations are controlling our food. They do this through having power over patents and genetically modified seeds. Why should you be worried about it? Because while they are protecting their corporate rights over patents, they are damaging nature and gaining more and more control over our health, our future, and of course, our politicians. It is horrifying to think that a small number of people who own these businesses will control the food everyone on the planet eats in the future.
* GE corporations think they can control nature. Well, no one can. GE seeds are invading fields of farmers who are trying to grow their own original, natural, heirloom seeds. They are already found in Canada and Mexico since they are spread throughout the planet by the wind, birds, machinery and other ways.
* GE seeds are destroying the local agriculture and small family farms. They make farmers destroy their own original natural seeds. As a result, nature’s original, healthy, heirloom seeds are being extinct!
* GE corporations are preventing people from having access to food. This is how they are playing a major role in causing/contributing to world hunger. They turn independent people producing their own food, to being poor, torn away from their homes and culture.
* GE corporations are being socially irresponsible and we pay the price! Twice! Once, when we buy the food, and twice, when we pay for the unwanted consequences GE food has on the world.

The next step is selling us meat and seafood from GE animal. How do you feel about eating a steak from a GE cow, or cloned lamb, and genetically modified salmon? Some people are working very hard on that at this very moment.

So what can we do?
As they in the movie: “The choices you make at the supermarket determine the future of food”.
We have some power as consumer. We can:
* Buy local produce and support our local farmers
* Buy organic and heirloom varieties
* Avoid eating and buying junk food, processed food. This is not food.
* Grow something green in your back and front yards, or at least in one pot.
* Teach our kids about food!

If you have additional ideas, please share and write a comment below.

One more thing. I have these two recurring thoughts:
1) I prefer to eat safe, clean, real food, then I-don’t-know-what-it-is food.
2) I prefer to pay more for safe, clean, real food (that is, organic), then pay for medical bills and suffer the consequences of eating I-don’t-know-what-it-is food.
More about organic food in another post.

The sun is rising. Have a wonderful day!


Inbar said...

How do you know organic food is safe? just cause it says "organic" doesn't mean its safe. And, it's not always local. And, if all people eat organic - there wouldn't be enough food to feed 6 billion people, so then what?

Carla said...

Great review. I will check to see if Netflix has this movie. What you mentioned is the reason why I buy mostly organic produce and local, grass fed meat and pastured eggs from the farmers markets and local, independent health food stores. I feel privileged to live in an area where it’s pretty easy to shop this way, and I hope that this way of shopping/eating is made available to the more isolated communities and urban/inner-city neighborhoods. Affordability is also a huge factor.

World Flavors said...

carla: same here. Thank you for being the first commentator on my new blog! I'm sure you will enjoy, if that's the right word for it, the movie. tell other people about it too. i am going to write more reviews of other documataried that i have watched regarding food.

Inbar: we will discuss "organic" here plenty of times, I am sure. It is a complicated topic, and as lively as the vice presidential dabate :) and brings a lot of emotional reacions. For the moment, I am not saying it is 100% good/safe, but better than a product when you knowignly was sprayed.
I will post soon a comment I wrote in another blog regarding this. And again, I am sure it will bring a very lively discussion here. thnaks for commenting on that!