The Future of Food

This is an educational film. It is worth seeing. It won't make you happy, but it will make you informed. No one can afford to be uninformed on this topic. As you will understand when you watch the film, it doesn't matter where you live or how far away you are from civilization, you need to be informed about the issues discussed in The Future of Food. Please watch the DVD.

Let me try to put the importance of this film into perspective. I probably can't do it justice, but I'll try.

Eating is one of the most intimate things we do.

Therefore, the analogy I'm going to use to convey the importance of seeing this film is sex. With the changes and new health risks that have emerged over the last twenty-some years, would you advise anyone to have frequent anonymous sex? Of course not. The advice we might give could include some of the following:

  • abstain
  • be monogamous
  • use protection

In the last twenty-some years, massive changes have taken place in our food supply. There are known and unknown health risks. This film describes some of these in detail. Unless you have kept up with the subject, you will be surprised. Some of us might like to do the following things when faced with these risks:

  • abstain from eating dangerous foods such as genetically modified foods or heavily pesticide/herbicide treated foods
  • have the choice to purchase only pure foods
  • protect ourselves from known and unknown risks

For the sake of illustration, does that analogy make sense so far? Let me take it to conclusion. We don't take stupid risks in one area. Why take stupid risks with what we eat? Certainly our government and our scientists should advise caution, just as they do when it comes to our sexual health.

Unfortunately, as you will see when you watch this film, taking prudent steps is very, very difficult. And it could soon become impossible/irreversible. For example,

  • We cannot easily abstain from eating genetically modified foods in the US because they are not labeled as such. We need a labeling requirement.
  • Farmers are finding it almost impossible to keep their crops pure. See the story of Percy & Louise Schmeiser in the film, for example. Percy never intentionally planted genetically modified crops, yet his crops became contaminated. But it gets far worse. Watch the film.
  • There is not, and probably never will be, a way to engage in the behavior of eating dangerous foods but simultaneously protecting your health with a simple prophylactic. This is what makes eating such an intimate activity. We literally become what we eat.

My goal in this article was to convey the importance of becoming informed about the issues discussed in The Future of Food. It is certainly as important as becoming informed about other issues such as HIV transmission, world hunger, global warming, national or global economic events, terrorism or any other current issue. I would bet that after you watch this film, you will agree that the issues it discusses are more important than almost any other current issue you can think of.

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Did you buy a copy? If so,

Did you buy a copy? If so, can I borrow it?
It reminds me of the book I told you about. I heard the author speak on the subject on NPR.
['Readers of "The Omnivore's Dilemma" will learn that the bulk of the American diet comes from one plant: corn. Grown on massive farms, oceans' worth of the golden kernels and green stalks are then processed, deconstructed, and reassembled in factories into everything from a Chicken McNugget to salad dressing. We eat so much corn that, biologically speaking, most Americans are corn on two legs.

Yes, I bought a copy of the

Yes, I bought a copy of the DVD. You are welcome to borrow it. In fact, anyone who lives nearby and wants to come borrow the DVD is welcome to. :)

Could you rip an avi version

Could you rip an avi version :D
Anyway, that's not legal, so never mind hehe.

I also wanted to make a comment about modern food developments - indeed the changes accelerated in the last 20 odd years as you note - but I would be more conservative in noting all such progress to commence roughly a little after 1900 - closer to the first world war which happened after rapid industrialization. (Which was also the precursor to the boom period of soy crops (for example), later on :)