A documentary by Chris Taylor
A fantastic film, and a must-see for those interested in understanding the development of industrial farming and subsequent local food movement. In interviews with author, Michael Pollan, chef and founder of Chez Panisse, Alice Waters, chef, Wolfgang Puck, Congressman Ron Kind, and a host of authors, farmers, and activists share their experiences and insights relating to the industrial food system’s effects on our food system today.
Not only does this film document the political history for why agro-business dominates the marketplace, but also shares accounts from farmers and activists who are countering the government’s forceful attempt to feed consumers conventionally-grown and unhealthful foods through subsidiary programs.
Farmers’ markets have spread across the country since the development of the local food movement in Berkeley, CA in the 1970s with Alice Waters’ restaurant, Chez Panisse, being a major catalyst with the development of her local supplier chain of farmers. Chefs all across the country are now placing an enormous emphasis on organic, sustainable, local foods when creating their menus. For someone with such a passion for foodism like myself, I found this film to be quite educational and inspiring.
Fight on Foodies!