For the first time ever, our children are growing up less healthy than we are. As the rate of cancer, infertility and other illnesses linked to environmental factors climbs upward each year, we must ask ourselves: why is this happening?
Food Beware begins with a visit to a small village in France, where the town's mayor has decided to make the school lunch menu organic and locally grown. It then talks to a wide variety of people with differing perspectives to find common ground - children, parents, teachers, health care workers, farmers, elected officials, scientists, researchers and the victims of illnesses themselves. Revealed in these moving and often surprising conversations are the abuses of the food industry, the competing interests of agribusiness and public health, the challenges and rewards of safe food production, and the practical, sustainable solutions that we can all take part in. Food Beware is food for thought - and a blueprint for a growing revolution. Written by
Food Beware is not about "science" and it isn't about "emotions"; the film maker provides an enormous amount of information (potentially "over the heads" of most viewers), even allowing "rebuttal" information from farmers and others who are completely sold on the corporate model of "farming" -- though the statistics offered by government and international agencies directly refute the corporate allegations. Food Beware is about children, the unavoidable fact that they are increasingly unhealthy, and the stand taken by one French town to take control of SOME of the factors that contribute to better health and well-being of its children AND adults.
The Mayor, who, with his Council, mandated that school lunches would be "organic," appears in many amazing scenes and comes across as both admirable and diplomatic, committed and practical. In one scene he reviews the contents of a school trash bin, and the evidence of parental non-compliance with the organic model. He reads the frightening list of chemical ingredients of one packaged "snack food," reading the names of various poisons without any comment. None is needed.
The fact of the superiority of "organic" foods, in taste, in beauty, in nutrition, and in their benefit to the environment at large, is the real "science" of Food Beware. See the happy children. See them enjoy every "organic" morsel on their plates. What more evidence is necessary?
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