Food, Inc. … coming to a Theater near you. [Global Warming + Michael Pollan + Fast Food Nation]

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 18, 2009
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Want to see Food, Inc. for free? Thanks to Chipotle, the mindfully-sourced, Boulder, Colorado-based burrito and taco chain, you can. Click below for more info locations and dates.

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I interviewed Michael Pollan last night, at the Naturally Boulder “Spring Fling” party…where I hobnobbed with the founders of Aurora, Horizon, Silk Soy/White Wave and many other big and small natural products companies.

As a vegetarian for six years, I found one of the most interesting things Mr. Pollan touched on was the fact that he’d examined whether he thought it was sustainable to continue to eat meat. He’d decided it was—as long as the cattle was grass-fed, etc. Check out the video interview to see/hear his reasoning in more depth.

Food, Inc., a new movie, goes into more depth on what’s going on with our food system, and how the vast majority of the 48,000 products in your average grocery store all come from corn. The trailer of the film, below, inspires me, a lazy non-cooking nacho-loving but environmentally-concerned bachelor to start really getting active with food issues, learning to cook more, and…to go out and see the movie. Because what’s depressing can inspire action, and what’s inspiring can also be fun, in a way:

Food writers Eric Schlosser (“Fast Food Nation”) and Michael Pollan (“The Omnivore’s Dilemma”) move to the big screen in “Food, Inc.,” a film that looks at what’s happened to the production of food in the last few decades.

Producer-director Robert Kenner’s movie, which had a screening Thursday night at Sony, covers a range of issues, from the effects of corn syrup on health and farming, to the ways animals are raised and killed, food-borne illnesses and the plight of farmers. The filmmakers, as you might guess from this image from the movie, don’t like a lot of what they see.

“The idea that you have to write a book to tell people where their food comes from shows how far removed” they are from it, Pollan says in the film.

“Food, Inc.” opens in June in 20 cities, Kenner said. It was shown at the Toronto Film Festival. Warning to squeamish meat-eaters: Shots in chicken houses, slaughterhouses and elsewhere could be tough to watch.

The film asks viewers to take action…

Click here for the rest of the LA Times article.

Click here to find out what you can do to Take Action, watch videos.


Bonus: my interview with Mr. Pollan is top 10 in google results for both “Michael Pollan video” and “Michael Pollan interview,” whoot!

Walk the Talkshow: Michael Pollan from Alex King & Mito Media on Vimeo.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


4 Responses to “Food, Inc. … coming to a Theater near you. [Global Warming + Michael Pollan + Fast Food Nation]”

  1. bittabuffalo says:

    Regarding sustainability of meat versus no-meat. the issues with respect to resource utilization seem to be more about factory farming. Industrialized, profit-oriented production of meat is destructive, wasteful, abusive, and inhumane. It treats biotic systems and sentient beings as inert inputs into a calories versus cost equation. In a culture that elides the real value of the natural world and ascribes zero cost to consumption (sure, extraction has its cost, but everything ouside the car window is looked at as a freebie), the deck is stacked. The calories per dollar count is artificially inflated at the cost of environmental destruction. The abuse of animals and the environment is enabled by a market that is none the wiser to the trade offs hidden behind their grocery bill.

    Sadly, the same can be said about industrial vegetable consumption, though its impact on the environment is slightly less. But you look at the use of petrochemical fertilizers, the sins of monoculture and the catastrophic cost of transporting fresh vegetables to our supermarkets from around the globe and cauliflower starts looking pretty evil. Harvested a hemisphere away and put on a fossil fuel guzzling jet, it is now contributing to our demise. If your concern is about the environment, the question is not meat vs. no-meat, it is what is the best balance.

    Surely the key is a mostly vegetable-centric diet. But the fact that livestock and foul can be raised on marginal land and consume things we do not or cannot eat (eg. grasses, or in the case of foul, bugs, mice, etc.) and that they can augment a vegetable-sparse winter diet, *some* meat consumption begins to look beneficial to the sustainability equation. Particularly when you use the nitrates (eg. manure) cast off by these animals as fertilizer for your veggie patch, thus reducing the production of petrochemical fert. (read: from oil) and its transportation (read: using oil). This sets aside all arguments about the spiritual ethos of raising/killing/eating animals. Our ability to have compassion for sentient beings and our rather cushy mastery over our environment afford those of us in the right economic and ecological niches the luxury to overlook animals as a foodsource. Where/when that is not possible I hope animal consumption is done humanely, spiritually, respectfully. But as for strict sustainability, I am convinced by Pollan's and others' writing that some degree of omnivorey is likely the most feasible.

  2. paige says:

    Uh…I'm confused…Isn't Chipotle owned, at least in part, by McDonalds?

  3. ndsmith says:

    I just heard about this CREDO campaign to push against Monsanto and GM foods. Sign the petition:

    Paige: Chipotle is a publicly traded company. At one point McDonalds had a significant share of its stock, but Chipotle completely divested itself of McDonalds back in 2006 as part of a large scale repurchasing of common stock:

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