They could have called it â€˜Slow Food, the Movie.â€™ We’re talking about Food Fight, the new documentary film about the food revolution in America.
The film, directed by Chris Taylor, chronicles the problems caused by large-scale agribusiness in the U.S. in the last half of the 20th century. It features commentary by many well-known chefs including Wolfgang Puck and Slow Food activist Alice Waters, as well as Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma. According to Pollan, â€˜Industrial Agriculture has ruined the quality of most American produce.â€™
But the film is not all gloom and bland mushrooms. It points to the alternative movement led by people like Waters, which has resulted in the creation of a food chain outside of the conventional distribution system. Food Fight shows how farmer’s markets and the local/sustainable/organic movement has brought back taste and variety to Americans’ tables. â€˜Who knew,â€™ Pollan says, â€˜that the taste of vegetables would bring about a revolution?â€™
(None other than Barack Obama has weighed in on the subject, noting that Pollan’s ideas fit into the concept of a new energy economy.)
For those in the Los Angeles area, there will be a free screening of Food Fight at the Mann Chinese Theater on Saturday afternoon, November 8th. For everyone else, check your local movie listings.
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