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Let's Retake Our Plates: Food on Film

By Amanda Yates, March 26, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Amanda Yates

filmfestheader Earth Month is just around the corner and we are celebrating by hosting our very first company-wide film series! We’ll be featuring films that show the connection between the food we eat and its impact on the environment. Our food choices matter and each of us should feel empowered to make informed decisions. Different cities are doing things a bit differently, so to find info on a film series near you, check out Let’s Retake Our Plate Film Series. Giveaway Alert: Starting next Thursday and continuing throughout Earth Month (that means April!), we’ll be featuring team member reviews of select films that are part of the film series. Readers, we’d love to hear what you have to say about these films too! Check back each Thursday in April to share your film review with us in the comments for a chance to win a $25 gift card. (Not on this post, though. The contest starts on April 1st!) To whet your palate, here are a couple of encore film reviews posted by team members in the last few months. Both of these films are part of our film series. Team Member Rachael Gruver wrote this in her full review of Food, Inc.:
FOOD, Inc. takes a peek into the supply chain of much of the food we eat and talks about the consequences of the way food is currently grown, raised and processed. Consequences like deadly new strains of E.coli, epidemic obesity, type II diabetes, pollution from pesticides and feedlots, and the effect this system has on people in the industry. Although this subject matter sounds both complicated and mind-numbing, FOOD, Inc. presents the information in an engaging and interesting way.
Watch the trailer:
Team Member and seafood quality standards coordinator Carrie Brownstein had this to say in her full review of The End of the Line.
The film begins with beautiful footage of marine life and quickly (and graphically) moves toward its key message: The oceans are overfished and fish populations are in trouble. Some of the most well-known and well-respected marine scientists are interviewed in the film to confirm these bleak trends. I appreciate the filmmaker’s intention to tell this important story about the oceans. Our oceans are under incredible pressure and overfishing is a HUGE problem.
Don't forget to check out one of our film series near you at Let’s Retake Our Plate Film Series. Join us throughout April for review from our esteemed Team Member film reviewers who will be giving you their thoughts on films in our series in the coming weeks: ashleygibbonsAshley Gibbons is the Marketing Supervisor at our Arroyo store in Pasadena and loves eating food other people have cooked at home. When left to her own devices however, a monstrous salad and Murphy’s Stout usually hit the spot. davidlannonDavid Lannon is the President of the Northern California Region of Whole Foods Market. He is a film buff and can help you win your Oscar Pool. laurenLauren Craig is the Associate Marketing Coordinator for the Rocky Mountain region.  A chef at heart, she loves to read about food, eat from her garden and experiment with new and exciting flavors. robinRobin Rogosin is SoPac’s regional Supplement and Body Care Buyer.  For over 30 years, she has been an advocate for eating more green vegetables.




Kathy says ...
Food Inc was disturbing and enlightening at the same time. The challenge in today's economic environment it to be able to eat ethically.
03/31/2010 4:40:23 PM CDT
Valentina Faltoni says ...
I am Italian and i know what means real food. Fast food are not restaurants and their products are not food. Hormones and pesticide or GMO are not welcome in my plate... I sacrifice in other things not food!
03/31/2010 5:38:52 PM CDT
Kelly Fisher says ...
How about a film night at Whole Foods in Jacksonville FL (and elsewhere)? I'm sure I'm not the only one who would appreciate a second opportunity to see some of these films, especially with like minded people. Thanks... KF
03/31/2010 6:11:26 PM CDT
Margaret says ...
I saw Food Inc. It's hard to eat well especially if you are low-income.
03/31/2010 6:25:58 PM CDT
Frances Perry says ...
This is very timely for everyone.
03/31/2010 7:26:09 PM CDT
Sharon W says ...
I thought I knew a lot about the food industry but "Food Inc" was both eye opening and disturbing. A highly recommended movie for anyone.
03/31/2010 7:37:46 PM CDT
Judy C says ...
I watched Food Inc. with my family in Dec. '09, and now EVERYONE in my family agrees that we need to be aware of what we are putting in our mouths & my kids now understand why I have converted our family to organic & have banned hydrogenated everything & gmo everything. They have become spokespersons to their friends at school now to help get other kids aware of what exactly they are eating and how it is all processed. Great film!!
03/31/2010 8:05:33 PM CDT
Briana says ...
I think this film would be more appealing to those who aren't very open to the organic/vegan/vegetarian life because it look more like a movie they would see in theaters (music, not-so-documentary). I can't wait to see it. I think the reason why people aren't so open to trying more organic products is because we ARE in a recession and the organic products being more expensive than non-organic makes it more conveinent for those people to stick to what they know. But hopefully watching this film will makes a difference. My hopes are high.
03/31/2010 8:10:23 PM CDT
Khadijah Hawkins says ...
Hello, One thing I know is that as consumers we need better choices. I am vegetarian and have been for approximately twenty years, so I am careful of what I eat. However, all foods, even vegetarian foods are subject to contamination, and just downright dishonest maneuvers from food companies. So, yes, our rights as consumers for better foods needs to be accepted and acknowledged! Make better foods, or we as consumers will find a better way to feed ourselves! The film is right on!!! Thank you, Khadijah Hawkins
04/02/2010 6:06:24 AM CDT
steve rasinsky says ...
Great movie I suspect that at least one half of all cancers are due to chemicals in our food and water supply. We really need to force our government to clean up this mess. But I suspect that the food industry owns congress. We need to change the laws and get rid of lobbyists. This can only be done with people power, just as we did with health care.
04/04/2010 2:38:31 PM CDT
john chowanec says ...
i'm going to my town library to chack on silent running. i heard it was good
04/01/2010 12:21:55 PM CDT
helen j hoang says ...
seen it b 4
03/31/2010 8:52:32 PM CDT
kathy says ...
At the end of "Food Inc" it was recommended that we eat ORGANIC as much as possible. I work towards greater selection in ORGANIC foods by my own purchase power.
03/31/2010 9:09:14 PM CDT
Mariana Rogers says ...
Support local farmers and buy when in season.
03/31/2010 10:40:23 PM CDT
GEORGIA says ...
This is an eye-opener. Thank you for sharing it with us. I'm going to look for this film for sure!
03/31/2010 10:58:27 PM CDT
Sandy P says ...
Organic Food is more healthy for everyone...but a large number of the food producers are in it for profits (faster and cheaper)... using unhealthy methods of growing fresh foods and animal products... this needs to change for the health of all people...
04/01/2010 10:00:47 AM CDT
amanda j. says ...
I requested the Food, INC DVD from my local library and when it comes in i'm having my whole family sit down and watch it!!
03/31/2010 4:06:48 PM CDT
Debbie B says ...
We have already seen several of these films, very convincing and scary!
03/31/2010 2:32:24 PM CDT
Susan Polk says ...
Would love to see some of these films in Southern NJ. Our green team, Sustainanable Mullica (www.sustainablemullica.blogspot.com) would love to host some!
03/31/2010 3:06:40 PM CDT
Cindy Miller says ...
These films are very important for all to see. It just shows you how our society needs to change. After having an ill parent with cancer for 2 years, I am very conscious of diet and health issues.
04/01/2010 8:39:50 AM CDT
vaughnm says ...
Unfortunately, none of our Georgia stores seem to be taking part in the film fest. However, all of the films except <em>Fresh</em> and <em>What's On Your Plate?</em> seem to be available on DVD and most are rentable from Netflix.
04/01/2010 8:59:09 AM CDT
Diane M says ...
It's disturbing to know how powerful and insidious the large food producers are. But it is a bit empowering to know that with every food purchase we make we are casting a vote that sends a message to major grocers. My 19 year old son and his girlfriend watched it, they were amazed at what is really happening with our food industry. Hopefully the message in this movie will stay with them so they will also become responsible consumers.
03/31/2010 11:41:23 PM CDT
Kathy Watson says ...
I rented Food Inc from the library and watched it with my family. After seeing it, I am more commited than ever to buying what I can from Whole Foods. Very enlightening and disturbing.
04/01/2010 7:43:47 AM CDT
Cathryn Bedell says ...
There was no listings for the Atlanta metro area. How can I watch the movies? Are any on DVD?
04/01/2010 8:13:18 AM CDT
Shera says ...
"Food, Inc." has changed my life. I tell everyone to watch it over and over again. It is an amazing film and a real lesson for all of us. Change isn't easy but we have the power with the dollars we spend to make the changes for the better. Watch this fim!!!
04/01/2010 5:42:29 AM CDT