On Hulu right now, there are two really good movies that everyone should see.
The first one is Super Size Me, with Morgan Spurlock, which if you haven’t seen yet… Have you been under a rock?
Although I have seen it, I enjoyed watching it again. There were a lot of good scenes that I had forgotten about. Sure it’s a bit extreme just to prove a point that some may not even think pertains to them, and people say that “of course the food made him feel like crap because he ate so much of it. It’s fine in moderation!” The people that think this way are forgetting that just because someone doesn’t eat a bad food everyday doesn’t mean they will be immune to that foods effects on the body, it will just take longer to occur than a concentrated McD’s binge like Spurlock’s. The thing is that study after study has shown that the more fast food a person eats, the likelihood and quantity of diseases becomes greater and greater, and it doesn’t take as much of the poor foods to increase their chances as they would like to believe. It’s really not much different than slowly getting lead poisoning from steady long-term exposure.
As a side note, Spurlock also has a TV series called 30 Days in which he or other people commit to experiencing a completely different lifestyle for 30 days. Some examples include Morgan and his wife attempting to live on minimum wage, a homophobic straight man living in the gayest part of San Francisco, and an atheist living with a Christian family, etc…
The second movie is The Future of Food. I’ve only started this one recently and finished about half of it. So far there are some startling points about how large companies can have patents on seeds and even legally force farmers to grow (or not grow) specific crops and even particular strains of those crops, which in turn largely influences what food producers bring cheaply into our food cupboards. It’s just one of those movies that everyone should see, if only to be aware, but potentially to help influence their choices which can in turn support or not support certain industries.
That reminds me of a new movie called Food, Inc. that just came out. Check out the trailer:
I really like the point made that I’m casting a vote for a particular food company or type of food each time I put something into my grocery cart. If we stop giving votes to the big industries that are making us sick and fat, either they won’t be around much longer, or they may start to change the way they operate.
Here’s another trailer: