If you haven’t seen this film I strongly urge you to do so. Some have said it is disturbing, it is. But it should be. In fact it needs to be. Frankly, I thought it could have been more ‘disturbing’.
It could have had more nutritional information, but that’s ok it was about food. A woman rang the radio station ABC Illawarra after my talk with Nick and said if she had known how disturbing it was she would not have gone. This is not a good response. It is not right to bury our heads in the sand and pretend everything is alright, because sadly everything is not alright. We need to be “disturbed”.
We have increasing rates of asthma, alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, renal failure, obesity, osteoporosis, and cancer to name a few. We have diseases never heard of last century, lupus, motor neurone disease, MS, mad cow disease, ADD and ADHD and autism, which is presenting at an alarming rate in the western world. Chronic fatigue syndrome is now a common illness and we have allergies and chemical sensitivities to the point where sufferers have to literally opt out of society. Obviously this is not normal and I think a little scary.
One has only to look at the average shopping trolly to see something is terribly wrong. Carbonated beverages have replaced homemade fermented drinks containing beneficial lactic acid which feeds gut bacteria and aids digestion; stock cubes of MSG, tinned soups, and dried and dehydrated packets replace homemade stocks and broths supplying minerals and gelatin, another substance which nourishes the gut. We have about a hundred variations of milk instead of the raw unpasteurised enzyme rich whole food it used to be; margarine instead of butter; sunflower, safflower, canola oils instead of dripping and lard; icecream used to be a very nutritious food made with cream, egg yolks and maple syrup instead we have dried milk solids, antifreeze and a host of non-food ingredients; white bread, crumpets, fishfingers, etc etc
We live in a world today that has forgotten what good food is, has forgotten that it takes “the goodness of the earth, the cooling rains, the warmth of the sun and the work of many hands” to produce. It takes time, and certain foods come at specific times like stone fruit at Christmas! It doesn’t come from the supermarket, and it shouldn’t be cheap – when a bottle of water costs more that a bottle of milk there is something very wrong with our sense of values. One certainly doesn’t look for the cheapest wine, car, computer/plasma TV, why is food expected to be cheap?
If you who didn’t see this film, there is another, more a movie, less a documentary called Fast Food Nation, available at our local video store. Let me warn you this is also disturbing, but it needs to be seen. We all need to see these films regularly, to show our children, to re-mind ourselves that we need to “mind”. We need to “mind” the environment, we need to “mind” what we put into our bodies, we need to “mind” how much we pay for the food we eat and, to whom we make that payment. Do we want to keep paying the multi nationals or do we want to pay the farmers and growers direct. We are blessed in the southern highlands with two organic stores, a tremendous farmers market every month and we have a climate and soils to grow our own.
I think we do need to be disturbed occasionally if we are going to change our habits and values. I take heart though, the theatre was full, the only seats left were a few in the front row. This is a good response!