Last year the local co-op group (still founding, no co-op yet) passed out postcards at county farmer’s markets for months. The postcard let us know about a special showing of Food, Inc. at the Port Orchard theater. Part of our ticket price would end up back with the co-op.
On the day we went, a sunny weekend, we were nearly the only people in the theater. Things I’d been reading about jumped off the screen. There was Joel Palatin of Polyface Farms, the poster boy for diversified small farming. There were interviews with famous writers. There were shots of the poor cows in CAFOs. By the time I saw the movie I was pretty well educated, and I don’t know that I learned anything from it that I hadn’t heard, but the screen put faces and voices to the issues. There’s one moment I flash on whenver I enter a grocery store, a panning shot of acres of aisles filled with products which mostly turn out to be variations of corn and soy.
I recommended it to the people in my blogosphere. More than one person watched it and converted to a fresh local lifestyle on the spot. If you haven’t read Pollan’s work, or Kingsolver’s, or you prefer getting your info visually, this movie is an easy introduction into how food really works in today’s industrial system.