The Battle of the Food Documentaries: Truth vs. Fiction

first_img Facebook Twitter The Battle of the Food Documentaries: Truth vs. Fiction Facebook Twitter Farmland is a documentary produced by award winning director, James Moll. It features the real life stories of six young farmers. It portrays their lives, livelihoods, struggles, and opinions.  While these producers were handpicked, the filming process was pretty straight forward. Moll and his crew showed up on their farms and followed them around as they went about the business of farming. Moll told me he wanted to focus on the people not the politics. I asked him if there were things he had to cut out to deliver a message the sponsors wanted. He said no, there was nothing he had to edit or remove from the film.  The film was underwritten by the US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, a coalition of the nation’s largest farm and commodity organizations.  This project came about in response to movies like Food Inc and others, which painted a very negative and one-sided picture of modern agriculture and the food production system. Previous articleBeef Price Spike, Still a MysteryNext articleFed Up Film Debuts, Food Industry Responds Gary Truitt While farmland was in production, another film was being produced called Fed Up. This film was produced by Laurie David, whose credits include the documentary Inconvenient Truth. In the director’s own words, this film “Inspires people to make changes in their lives and in our food environment.” It does this by playing fast and loose with the truth, making outrageous and unsubstantiated claims, and scaring people into changing what they eat. The film is packed with liberal and radical celebrities including Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan, former President Bill Clinton, and Senator Tom Harkin. The film is narrated by Katie Couric, who lost all her journalistic integrity during the last election. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, an organization that has been behind some of the largest food hoaxes and scare in American history, is featured prominently in the film. SHARE SHARE Unlike Farmland  which tells a story and lets the audience make up its own mind, Fed Up crams its pre-formed ideas down your throat. Some of the more outrageous statements made in the movie include: “Sugar is like cocaine, you become an addict;” “This is the first generation of American children expected to lead shorter lives than their parents;” “95%of all Americans will be overweight or obese in 2 decades;” “We are toast as a country.” These statements and claims are all delivered with the solemn, smug certainty that all radicals use when they have no proof to substantiate their claims.  Fed Up is the same old fear message, delivered by the same old tired  blowhards. The battle of public opinion on agriculture and our food supply has moved from the computer screen to the big screen. This summer, consumers have will have two documentaries to chose from that deal with our food supply, our diet, and our health. Playing in theatres currently are the movies Farmland and Fed Up. These are two diametrically opposed viewpoints, presented in two very different ways.  Both claim to deliver the truth, but one will use reality and the other will use fear.  After viewing one you will feel comforted and positive, the other will make you scared and angry. In the end, who will be the winner? Never before have consumers had a more clear and definitive example of the two different messages being delivered about food and agriculture. I hope people see both films, so they can get a true picture of American farmers as well as a true picture of the shallow and bankrupted arguments of those who want to restrict what we eat and to put a good portion of the food industry out of business. By Gary Truitt Home Commentary The Battle of the Food Documentaries: Truth vs. Fiction By Gary Truitt – May 11, 2014 last_img read more

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The King and I’s Marin Mazzie & Daniel Dae Kim Meet the Press

first_img Related Shows The King and I Marin Mazzie & Daniel Dae Kim(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Star Files View Commentscenter_img A new King of Siam and Broadway queen shall dance in the stunning Lincoln Center revival of The King and I beginning on May 3. Lost alum Daniel Dae Kim will make his Great White Way debut in the role that earned Ken Watanabe a 2015 Tony nod. Three-time Tony nominee Marin Mazzie will rock a hoop skirt, replacing Tony winner Kelli O’Hara as Anna Leonowens. As previously reported, the songbird makes a welcome return to the theater following the happy news that she is in remission after a battle with ovarian cancer. The actress was diagnosed in May 2015, while she was starring in Zorba! at New York City Center. The Vivian Beaumont Theater’s newest resplendent couple recently got to know the press, and we absolutely cannot wait to see them in action. Be sure to catch The King and I (currently starring the wonderful Analisa Leaming and Jose Llana), and take a look at these soon-to-be Broadway royals above! Marin Mazzie Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016last_img read more

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Florida man gets 17 years after wife signed for packages containing 1,000+ ecstasy pills

first_imgA South Florida man is headed to prison after his wife signed for two packages containing more than 1,000 ecstasy pills.32-year-old, Eric Roper, was convicted in October on one count of possession with intent to distribute. He was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison on Monday after a jury found him guilty.According to reports,federal agents stopped two packages addressed to Roper’s home, and planned a controlled delivery of fake pills in April. However, Roper’s wife answered the door when an undercover postal man made the delivery. She called Roper on the phone, and he gave her the instructions to sign for the packages.He was arrested later that day after arriving home.Roper’s wife was not charged.last_img

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Health Officials: Florida Had Nearly 3,400 “Hepatitis A” Cases in 2019

first_imgOur state saw nearly 3,400 cases of hepatitis A last year, according to health officials.Statistics through Saturday reveal there were 3,395 cases, including 63 new cases reported last week.Florida totaled 1,175 reported cases of hepatitis A over the five previous years combined, with 548 of those cases occurring in 2018.Hepatitis A can cause liver damage. It is spread through such things as fecal matter. That could include transmission by people not properly washing their hands after going to the bathroom and by contaminating food or drinks.To that end, health officials urge people to get vaccinated against the disease.Pasco County had the most cases across the state in 2019, with 414.last_img

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Firefighters Discover Two Bodies in Smoke-Filled Broward Home

first_imgFirefighters responding to a call in Broward County ended up finding two bodies in a smoky home.Lauderhill Fire Rescue crews went to the home on Sunday afternoon. They noticed smoke inside the home, but no fire.The crews also saw someone who seemed to be passed out inside the home, so they forced their way in.They found a pot on the stove, which had apparently caused the smoke.A short time later, they also found the second body.Authorities have not released the names of the victims or any other details, as the investigation is ongoing.last_img

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WATCH LIVE: President Trump Makes History Speaks at March for Life

first_imgPresident Trump will attend a pro-life march in Washington, DC today. It will be the first time a president has attended the annual March for Life. It won’t be the first time Trump has made history at the event. In 2018, he became the first president to address the March for Life through a video message. Then he and the first lady will board Air Force One and fly south to PBIA and spend the weekend at Mar-a-Lago.last_img

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White House declares health emergency for novel coronavirus

first_imgThe Trump administration made an announcement on Friday declaring the new coronavirus a public health emergency.Americans who are returning from ubei Province, China, will be subject to a 14-day quarantine while Americans returning from other sections of China will undergo screening for 14 days.Currently there are a total of seven airports that are accepting passengers from China. The airports include; New York’s JFK, Chicago’s O’Hare, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Honolulu, and Los Angeles’ LAX.Officials say the order will prohibit entry from foreign nationals who have been to China in the last 14 days into the U.S. among those who pose a risk of transmitting the coronavirus. The emergency order will go into effect Sunday at 5 p.m.The CDC said that while the general risk to Americans is still low, the situation in China is a “serious health situation.”According to the CDC there are 6 confirmed cases in the U.S.last_img read more

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Hollywood man drugged and robbed of Rolex watch

first_imgHollywood Police say a woman drugged and robbed a 28-year-old man outside of a Hollywood home on Friday January 27th.The unidentified man says he met the suspect at a party in a Miami Beach nightclub. The victim said they ended up at a friend’s house after a night of bar hopping.According to police, the woman had her eye on the gold Rolex the victim wore that night, which costed approximately $36,000.The victim told investigators he may have been drugged because he woke up to find his Tesla keys missingOfficials obtained surveillance footage showing the woman leave the friend’s house to unlock the victim’s car, and a man appeared to open the Tesla and take the Rolex .Police say the two may have been working together.Investigators need help identifying the suspect. Police say she is about 5 feet, 2 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds and has dark brown or black hair.If you have any information regarding this theft and recognize the subject, call Hollywood Police or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.last_img read more

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