I believe it was after this that we watched the next influential documentary, Supersize Me, featuring the incomparable Morgan Spurlock. If you're not familiar with it, Spurlock takes a 30-day journey to find out if fast food is making Americans fat. He does this by taking in a steady diet - three meals a day - of foods exclusively from McDonald's for one month. He also must supersize if asked. Simultaneously, he treks across the U.S. interviewing experts and the person on the street to try to uncover the reason behind the growing numbers of people who are overweight or obese. Before starting the program, he visits a doctor to get a baseline on his health; he then revisits the doctor periodically to see how his numbers are changing. This film singlehandedly caused McDonald's stock to drastically decline, causing the fast food giant to hire Kay Napier, a dynamo who brought in healthier food choices and turned the company around. Here's the trailer for Supersize Me:
Next up, we watched The World According to Monsanto. Monsanto, the world's largest manufacturer of genetically engineered products (also known as GMOs - genetically modified organisms) and the maker of Agent Orange, first became familiar to us through Food, Inc. While the company claims that their seeds and bovine growth hormone can eliminate hunger and poverty around the world by increasing production of plant and animal-based foods, the movie shows how Monsanto operates its business, and it ain't pretty. Monsanto's agenda is not as altruistic as they would like us to think; in fact, there's a decidedly dark side. I was not impressed when I discovered that Monsanto is a huge sponsor of our local 4-H Club. One nice aspect about this film was that we got to view the Canadian connection. See the trailer (those are French subtitles, but the video is in English).
What do you think so far?