You think that you know where your food comes from and that you are well aware of the dangers of the food industry. You might have seen Super Size Me and other horrifying food documentaries. You know that the factory-farming food industry is destroying the plant and is making you unhealthy.
So you know that problem – but not the solution.
Michael Pollan’s film In Defence of Food doesn’t show us again how bad the world is, but searches for a solution to the problem (or problems rather). Based on his book of the same name, which stayed no the bestseller list of the New York Times for weeks, Pollan turned the material into spectacular documentary that the food industry wouldn’t want you to see. Already because of that it should be on your list of movies to watch. Here are some reasons to see it.
1. ‘We’re Looking for Dietary Salvation’
Reason number one is the whole point of his undertaking – he gives an answer to a simple question. What should I eat? We are aware of the problems, but often feel helpless about what to do about it. Michael Pollan gives an answer and pushes us in the right direction.
2. Rethinking Science
If you have seen any other documentary about the food industry, you might know about the extend to which our food is chemically altered and modified. Michael Pollon helps us to reconsider the relationship between science and food. How did anyone ever believe that science can understand diet and health in mass producing way?
3. Eating doesn’t promote ‘Health’
Big multinational food companies often treat food as something that feeds people. Most consumers believe that healthy comes through eating alone. Michael Pollon questions these notions, explaining that these associations are not universal to human beings. He claims that most cultures perceive food as having purpose of pleasure, identity, and sociality – which then all results in a better health.
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4. Most Food is Not Really Food
What is already true for Americans, is increasingly becoming a reality for everyone else. Pollan outlines how most food in American is not even food anymore, but simply the chemical idea of food. He states that most food sold in American restaurants, supermarkets and fast food chains wouldn’t be recognised as food by our grand-grandparents’ generation.
5. You and I are Clueless
The way the industry is heading now, it seems that we need someone to tell us. The food industry is definitely not going to tell us not to eat their unhealthy produce.