"Food Fight" Brings the Revolution to the Big Screen

"Food Fight" Brings the Revolution to the Big Screen

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"Food Fight" Brings the Revolution to the Big Screen

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By Cari Martens

They could have called it ‘Slow Food, the Movie.’ 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, ‘Industrial Agriculture has ruined the quality of most American produce.’

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. ‘Who knew,’ Pollan says, ‘that the taste of vegetables would bring about a revolution?’

(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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