A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity Produced by Jordan Osmond and Samuel Alexander http://simplicityinstitute.org/film $5 for download (or free to stream) “It’s clear enough now that we need to transition swiftly away from a fossil fuel energy economy to an economy based on renewable energy, not only due to climate change, but also because in coming years or decades fossil fuel energy production will inevitably … Continue reading A Simpler Way: Film review
#EatBuyGrow Talks Feb 19 Melbourne PART ONE In 1969 Ravi Shankar, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Santana, Grateful Dead, the Who, Creedence, Hendrix and a whole bunch of other legends played at Woodstock. I got to thinking about Woodstock sitting in the crowd at the #EatBuyGrow talks put on by the Regrarians last week. It wasn’t just the paisley revival or availability of kombucha that got … Continue reading THE MAGNIFICENCE AND AWESOMENESS
Last night before I went to the Wheeler Centre to hear Michael Pollan speak about food politics I had a Berocca. In the talk Pollan used a bag of groceries from Woolworths to illustrate the points he was making, and at one point he pulled Berocca out of it.
Pollan is a Professor of Science Journalism and the author of several food politics books. The talk drew on the ideas contained in his books. In The Omnivore’s Dilemma (2007) Pollan visits Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm, (a self-regulating, small-scale farm that doesn’t use chemicals or antibiotics), and traces the industrialisation of the food supply to Earl Butz, Nixon’s secretary of agriculture, who encouraged large-scale farming. Before Butz America had a New Deal farm policy that limited crop surplus and maintained a good price for farmers. Butz dismantled the New Deal farm and installed a new system to subsidise farmers. The policies were “rewritten to encourage farmers to plant crops like corn, soy, and wheat fencerow to fencerow.”
The World According to Monsanto, a 2008 doco by Marie-Monique Robin, investigates the biotech company Monsanto- examining the use of genetically modified seed, bovine growth hormone, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and Agent Orange. The film looks at Monsanto’s carnage in the United States, Canada, India, Mexico, Paraguay, the UK and France. The doco examines how Monsanto has come to dominate the world food supply through dodgy … Continue reading Le Monde Salon Monsanto
Halfway through my quest to figure out what is in Fruche I watched part three of Food Additives: An Edible Adventure on SBS. It was presented by a food writer called Stefan Gates who was so pro-additive he talked about ‘the magic we’ve come to expect from supermarket food.’ The show started with him glossing over public fears of food additives, then the documentary goes … Continue reading Eat Fake Food. As Much As You Want. Mostly E numbers.
Last night I watched an asinine movie with Brad Pitt playing an IRA hitman. Last year a friend and I watched THE BLUE ANGEL, a Marlene Dietrich film from 1929, and I realised that you could watch an incredible movie every night of your life until you die and still not have watched them all. So it’s always disappointing when I wind up on the … Continue reading McShite Burger