We don’t know about you, but we’re fairly bummed Food Inc. didn’t win last night’s Oscar for best documentary feature. (It lost out to The Cove.) For starters, getting a movie about food policy, public health, commercial food production and American agricultural issues so far into the mainstream means, well, food policy, public health, commercial food production and American agricultural issues are now in the mainstream. Enough said.
But we also just like this movie, which is a joint effort from Robert Kenner and Eric Schlosser: There have been plenty of flicks in the past few years that touch on food issues (and, like Food Inc., plenty that feature the wise words of folks like reporter Michael Pollan and Polyface Farm head Joel Salatin) but few have such an eerie opening scene as this one, complete with creepy music and hyper-colored supermarket aisles that strike fear into every farmers’ market lover’s heart and should send even the staunchest frozen food fanatic into deep, deep thought.
If you missed it when it came through Manhattan, we recommend you fix up a sustainable-minded feast–you can buy local popcorn from Oak Grove Plantation’s Union Square farmstand–rent the DVD and invite over the masses to change their minds.