Flash Movie Review: Food Chains

Once upon a time a person was able to bite into a piece of food and savor the taste blooming in their mouth. Planted in an orchard or field where the rays of the sun encouraged it to grow, the fruit or vegetable was picked at the peak of its ripeness. It was nurtured by the loving hands of a farmer who learned their craft from their father who had learned it from their father; a simple process that provided the most natural and best taste. Times have changed as the world now moves at a faster pace. Some food items are grown indoors where its roots are stuck in a test tube device to keep them moist as the only light source shines out of heat lamps hanging low from the ceiling. If plants are grown outside they are bombarded with chemicals to ward off things that could damage them. Not only are grains being genetically manipulated to create a super race of wheat or corn, but even livestock get injected with hormones and antibiotics because a dead or sick animal cuts into profits. I try to think about what is going into my mouth, though there are times where I wished I wasn’t thinking. My thoughts for the most part focus on either squeezing, smelling, reading or looking at the item before I take it from the store shelf or bin.    AFTER watching this documentary I felt guilty for not knowing more about where and how the food I was leisurely putting into my shopping cart had reached the store. Executive produced by Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives-TV, The Sentinel) and narrated by Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland, Phone Booth), this movie focused on a group of migrant workers who picked tomatoes. I am sure this will not come as a surprise; but the story showed the chain of command that dictated the course of the tomato, from the bottom where the migrant workers toiled in the fields to the final destination at the grocery store. I was surprised to find out I was not completely correct on which component in the chain yielded the most power. For a documentary this topic was presented in a straight forward manner with little consideration given to tweaking elements to make this more of a dramatic story. There were times where I felt a scene’s actions was being repeated more than necessary to drive a point home. However, this particular story was both moving and incredulous to watch. Though I would like to consider myself an intelligent consumer, this movie proved me wrong. I was shocked by what I saw. I have to tell you I would have a hard time shopping at the grocery store that was the focus of this film, if there was one near me.


3 1/2 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on December 10, 2014, in Documentary and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. I am intrigued! I try to buy local organic, but that is not always an option. Will have to look for this documentary in my area, thank you for the review!

    • Also, check on VOD you may luck out. Let me know what you think of this one please. Thanks for the comments.

      • I always try to reply when I see something you’ve recently reviewed, but movies are few and far between amidst our remodel! But I do enjoy the reviews and know I can search for anything on your site before we actually decide to watch something now. 🙂

      • Thank you for sharing your lack of movie viewing situation. Hopefully the remodel goes smooth and quick so you can catch up on some movie treasures. Thanks also for your kind support.

  2. I have heard about this documentary and now, with your reviews, I feel like it’s a must watch 🙂

  3. Everywhere this happen..always the lower status get stepped by high..they should look down and give them a hand.

  4. Very interesting! You have awesome reviews and your blog it’s really amazing. 🙂

  5. I’m now wondering how close to the mark is it on the other side here in the South Pacific.

    • I would be curious also. If you find something out please share or if there is a documentary that focuses in your neck of the woods I would appreciate hearing about it. Thanks again for taking the time to leave your comments.

  6. Thank you for looking at these controversial painful topics that go beyond the filtered film. We are seeing our behaviors up front and center with a movie like this! I applaud all who are making a difference, as we even see this on our beautiful Island of Maui! We can be the shift that treats ALL people with dignity and respect… As this week of Martin Luther King day approaching , Let us pay attention and support positive change!

  7. I’m going to have to watch this one. I went to youtube after I viewed this trailer and watched a short video titled “Fair Tomatoes”. I live in smallish town with three supermarkets, and the one I shop at was mentioned. I feel terrible about this.

    • Oh no; I’m sad to hear one of the stores in this film is where you shop. Please let me know your thoughts after you get to see this movie. Thanks for your comments.

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