Sunday, October 3, 2010

Food Inc. Falls at the Oscar's

Food Inc. Falls at the Oscar'sfrom Dairy Discovery at SwissLane Farms by annie
*Please note: This post is originally from Feb. 2010

After learning about the results from the Oscar's last night I breathed a sigh of relief.
Most people watch the Oscar's to see the best/worst dressed or if their favorite star won Best Actor/Actress.
Well, I tuned in to see the results of the Best Documentary, and was thankful that Food Inc. did not win.
Not being all that educated about the film-making industry, I always believed that a "documentary" was based on facts and truths....until I watched Food Inc.
I actually looked up the definition of the term and it made a little more sense to me.
Fact-based film that depicts actual events and persons. Documentaries can deal with scientific or educational topics, can be a form of journalism or social commentary, or can be a conduit for propaganda or personal expression.
Being that Food Inc. has so many half-truths, myths and misconceptions about modern food production it definitely could fit into the realm of "a conduit for propaganda or personal expression."
The problem is that the majority of people are 2 or more generations removed from the farm. So, when watching this highly dramatic and sensationalized film that is very professionally produced, most people think that they are indeed learning the truth about the American food supply.
America's farmers and ranchers produce the safest, most abundant, most affordable food supply in the world. How blessed are we that we can complain about the food on our plate?
This is a great site for getting more info on modern food production.
This a blog about the intentions behind Food Inc.
With so much information available to us we need to be sure that we are getting all the facts from each side of an issue. If you've got questions/concerns about your food, than who better to get answers from than a farmer near you?

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