Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Inconvenient truths about food

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May Seah

YOU would be ill-advised to watch this movie toting your usual hotdog, soda and chips, because it won't be long before you come to view them with some degree of revulsion.

Food, Inc. is pretty much Fast Food Nation come to big-screen life.

Featuring Eric Schlosser, the book's author, the movie begins in a supermarket and broadens to expose the shocking and often ugly truths behind the food that we eat, how it's produced and farmed, and who really benefits in the system. Cue ominous music.

Did you know, for instance, that even though your supermarket carries a huge variety of processed foods, most of them are made from corn?

And that the rise of genetically-modified foods is accompanied by new strains of E. coli that can cause death in children?

Or that the lifespan of a chicken in an American farm is now only six weeks - during which time it is fattened so fast it can't stand up or walk?

That's right: This documentary is probably scarier than your average horror flick, so it gets props for that - but it loses some points for indulging just a little too much in conspiracy-theory thrills.

A feel-good film it's not but you'll emerge from it feeling more informed and more empowered to make decisions about what goes into your body.

From TODAY, Plus – Wednesday, 29-Jul-2009