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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Food Beware makes its local debut at CMA

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 4:49 AM

A documentary about a small French village that starts feeding its school children organic meals at lunch, Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution makes its local debut at the Cleveland Museum of Art Lecture Hall, showing at 6:45 tonight. Here's our review of the film.

Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution (France, 2008) Concerns about the quality of the food we eat and the implications it might have on our health aren’t just taking centerstage in the States. In France, one of the world’s largest consumers of pesticides, organic farming has become a topic of heated debate. We see one such debate at a UNESCO conference in the opening scenes of this documentary. Thankfully, the film isn’t all about numbers (though there’s plenty of that) and farming techniques (“how do I keep mildew from growing on my vines?” asks one vineyard owner). Director Jean-Paul Jaud spends most of his time in a rural French village where the mayor has declared that all students’ lunches must be organic. Alternating between scenes of legislative battles and images of children planting their own vegetables gives the film a nice balance and suggests that putting ideas about healthy lifestyles into practice really shouldn’t be so difficult. ***

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