Jamie Oliver, TED prize winner and chef, is trying to change the way we feed ourselves and our children. Oliver attacks our ignorance about our food, where it came from, how it was processed, what goes into it, etc. Oliver uses education and information to try and save lives that would otherwise have been lost to food-related illnesses/diseases such as obesity or diabetes. Check out the video above of his TED talk and check out his foundation for more information.
1. FOOD INC.
This documentary film examines corporate agriculture in the United States that produces food in a way that is harmful to the environment, the animals, the employees and the health of the general public. If there is any movie about the food industry that you should watch, this is it. Narrated by Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, the film examines the production of meat in the U.S. and the industrial production of corn and soy.
Michael Pollan, author of the new book “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation”, is interviewed on Democracy Now! about how processed foods took over the kitchen. For women, before WWII, cooking was seen as an essential part of taking care of their children. Yet food industries were trying to find their way into the homes of Americans to sell more processed foods. Therefore, major food companies used women’s liberation post-WWII to push processed fast food as the progressive solution in challenging traditional gender roles. As men and women tried to figure out who would do the child rearing, housework, cooking, etc., the food industry jumped at the chance to influence these changing gender roles by associating not cooking with progressive values.
Filmmaker Casey Neistat, with the support of a lab, decided to see if the listed calories on food labels were accurate. He found that most of the foods he tested were reporting much lower calorie counts than what was actually in the food. He chose 5 foods that he might eat in an average day: a tofu sandwich, a muffin, a Starbucks Frappuccino, a Subway sandwich and a Chipotle burrito.
Then, the lab tested the caloric content of each item using a calorimeter. The results were shocking as four out of the five items had more calories than the labels stated. He found that in just a week, those hidden calories could make him put on an extra pound of body weight. Check out the video!
I don’t know about you, but I used to walk into grocery stores and be overwhelmed by all the options. All the products available had labels such as “fat free”, “sugar free”, “organic”, “free range”, etc. As I started researching the meanings behind such labels, I became more aware of how many of these labels are misleading and essentially mean nothing. Therefore, I learned to never believe the front of packages and started looking at the contents and the nutrition facts instead. This video tries to help you understand what different labels mean and how to make the healthiest food choices.
Democracy Now! looks at the processed food industry and how “decades of food science have resulted in the cheapest, most addictive and most nutritionally inferior food in the world“. Democracy Now! interviews Michael Moss, author of Salt, Sugar and Fat, and Melanie Warner, author of Pandora’s Lunchbox.
Full the full transcript of the video, click here.