Directed by CHRIS TAYLOR
When we walk into a supermarket, we assume that we have the widest possible choice of healthy foods. But in fact, over the course of the 20th century, our food system was co-opted by corporate forces whose interests do not lie in providing the public with fresh, healthy, sustainably-produced food.
Fortunately for America, an alternative emerged from the counter-culture of California in the late 1960s and early 1970s, where a group of political anti-corporate protesters–led by Alice Waters–voiced their dissent by creating a food chain outside of the conventional system. The unintended result was the birth of a vital local-sustainable-organic food movement which has brought back taste and variety to our tables.
FOOD FIGHT is a fascinating look at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century, and how the California food movement has created a counter-revolution against big agribusiness.
“Chefs are social reformers in America right now.” – Michael Pollan
Skillfully using archival footage interspersed with expert interviews
(Michael Pollan, Alice Waters, Wolfgang Puck) FOOD FIGHT tells the story of food; what is wrong and what is right with current trends in our food supply system.
Importantly, the film advocates a future of healthy food in an uplifting, positive, empowering way. Unlike other food documentaries currently in the marketplace that show a depressing, horrific, and food-hating future, FOOD FIGHT asks the audience to make a change in favor of good-tasting, healthy food grown locally as a step to a better lifestyle for individuals, families, and communities.
The takeaway for the viewing audience is a powerful, enjoyable, and ultimately sustainable message about what can be good about healthy food in our future.