A large part of adopting a healthy lifestyle is becoming enlightened through education. While there are so many theories, claims and studies out there claiming to have THE “answer,” at the end of the day it is really up to us to make our own decision. It is only at this point that we can truly understand what it means to live a healthy life consciously, that is driven by our own innate desire, not by external channels or influences. I believe that this is the true path to becoming successful and achieving your goals, because if we are walking this path for anyone other than ourselves, we are bound to fail at one point or another.
One of the best ways to become educated and engaged in adopting a healthy lifestyle is through documentaries. Fortunately, there are many being released these days giving us the opportunity to truly see the REALITY of the world around us. The veils are being lifted and we as a consumer are now regaining the power of choice.
The Fresh Documentary is similar to many of the other documentaries out there, but it most certainly focuses on ACTION. This is very important for me as a avid health documentarian, because there are only so many documentaries you can watch on the topic of health before you feel as though we are helpless and doomed. That is why this documentary is so important and effective. While it certainly sheds light on the injustices of the food industry and its tyranny, it provides action steps and highlights those who have been brave enough to take them.
Americans Fear only 1 Thing… Inconvenience
The Fresh Synopsis
FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.
This documentary is a fabulous way to begin opening your eyes to the possibility that we can make a difference and we DO have the power to change the system. While it will not be easy, if you start getting engaged, even the simplest steps can lead you to joining the movement that has the power to change this system. It highlights the inner workings of the food industry from how it is created, to how it is controlled and how it has become the broken system it is today. While it certainly paints a bleak picture of industry it does provide hope with a few quirky characters who are undoubtably leading the counter culture revolution.
The film’s astute talking head is Berkeley’s Michael Pollan, the genius behind some health favorites: “Food Rules,” “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” and “In Defense of Food”. Pollan is most certainly the food movement writer whose commentary is interspersed with the movie’s real stars guiding us through this food paradox.
One of the leading roles is Joel Salatin. Joel plays a prominant role in “Omnivores Dilemma” and now comes to life as a funny, fast-talking, media-savvy Virginia farmer who, against advice from everyone, transformed acres of eroded land into a self-sustaining farm that serves as the example for success and change. Visit him at Polyface Farms.
Second up is Will Allen a former professional basketball player turned Milwaukee urban farmer who happens to be terrifically inspirational. His operation is Growing Power, a three-acre lot in the middle of an urban area where he raises organic vegetables, using waste from the city to fertilize his soil. He brings spirit and teaching, too, to a community that doesn’t know the value of fresh food.
Finally we have Independent Kansas supermarket owner David Ball. Ball is an entrepreneur who touts his win-win situation, describing how, in the wake of the rise of corporate supermarkets the likes of Wal-Mart, he set up a cooperative with local farmers to provide fresh, locally grown food at affordable prices. Products from the Good Natured Family Farm are sold in his markets, restoring his business, creating economic vitality in nearby rural areas, and, at the same time, improving access to healthy foods in Kansas City.
To conclude, this documentary most certainly got my gears working – so much so I actually wrote three pages attached to this post, (but I will save those for another day). The main message is that FRESH is worth watching, as is important to stay engaged and even more important to remain aware. Think of this as a part of our LIFE schooling 🙂
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