Sunday, February 21, 2010

Movie Review: Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution

It's grocery shopping day here.  Green Organic Girl and I will be heading out shortly, for our weekly run.  Isn't it amazing what modern day conveniences we have, that we can just walk into a store and enjoy a bounty of food?  Bins and aisles just full of almost anything you want to eat, and at almost any time of year.  But what if I told you that the farmers who grew some of that produce won't even eat it themselves?  Why?  Because they were the ones who doused the growing plants with repeated treatments of toxic pesticides.  That is the underlying theme of the documentary, Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution.

This is a very enjoyable and eye-opening film.  It starts out, following the school children of a small town in France, who partake in lunches served by the local municipal-run kitchen.  At the initiative of the town's mayor and council, the kitchen began sourcing their ingredients from locally grown organics.  The film follows the impact of this change, on the students, their families, their friends in surrounding communities, and the farmers themselves.  Everybody was seeing the positive impact of this change.

Unfortunately, the change had come too late for some.  There are some heart-wrenching moments in the film, tying the impact of the chemicals used in conventional farming to the rise in cancer.  The film cites studies, showing that 90% of certain cancers can be attributed to environmental factors.  The positive note to take away from all this, is that we have the power, as consumers and residents, to demand change (like what we've done, in joining a local organic produce buying club).  This is a must-see film, and it is available from Netflix and

In tying into this theme, please don't forget to get your entries into our giveaway for a great value pack of all-natural, organic pest control from EcoSMART, running through 2/28/10.  We can all feel safer, knowing that there are safer alternatives to keep our lawn and gardens healthy and pest-free this spring, with products like EcoSMART. 

Have a great Sunday, everyone :)

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  1. Great post! Have you watched Food, Inc. and King Korn? I'll be following you, you speak our lifestyle :)

    Thanks for visiting & commenting.

    Amy @ Dealusional

  2. Hi Amy!

    Thank you very much. It's great finding like-minded bloggers out here :)

    Food, Inc we watched, and loved. That movie gave us the final push to stop buying conventionally-raised meat, and our last fast-food burger. The REAL cost of cheap meat (the animal cruelty, the pollution, the antibiotics, hormones, and unfair treatment and compensation to the farmers) is just not worth it.

    I'll have to check out King Korn! Thank you, Amy :)