Food matters

I haven’t seen this movie yet but its trailer suggests it could provoke some important debate about the links between our food industry, diet and our pharmaceutical industry.

According to the website the film starts from the premise that:

With nutritionally-depleted foods, chemical additives and our tendency to rely upon pharmaceutical drugs to treat what’s wrong with our malnourished bodies, it’s no wonder that modern society is getting sicker. Food Matters sets about uncovering the trillion dollar worldwide ‘Sickness Industry’ and gives people some scientifically verifiable solutions for curing disease naturally.

5 Comments Posted

  1. I bought this dvd last night, having been very itrigued by it for a while. I have to say i am very very disapointed. Having recently spent a fortune on dealing with a health crisis i was looking for an alternative. While some of the information and statistics presented in te film were very interesting and thought provoking, its nothing we havent heard before. Yes, the soil is depleated, yes organic is better, yes prevention is better that cure, yes the drug industry has ulteriour motives. But so too it seems, does the “health” industry. After going on about the brilliant alternatives, which they dont go into detail about at all, i enthusiaticaly logged onto their website excited to be provided with guidence by these marvelous caring people, only to discover that should I actually want to know how to get my life back…. only $19.99. I was very disapointed. Quite frankly, i spend $30 that i dont really have on a dvd that didnt tell me anything revolutionary. I could have rather bought veggies

  2. i would live to say that, today it is highly impossible to give up foods with preservative but its consumption can be minimized but relying more on fresh home made food. Preservatives in food do harm our balanced health. Food matters would be a good movie to watch and understand more on this issue.

  3. I don’t think there is a deliberate attempt to put peoples health at risk by the food industry (except in exceptional cases such as deliberately adding melamine to milk). Rather, if you look at any particular food additive, it is probably very difficult to directly link it to any health problems. Of course there are exceptions, but by and large, when viewed in isolation most additives are probably harmless.

    I think the problem arises when all the food you eat has a cocktail of colouring, flavouring, preservatives etc. Individually the additives are “harmless”, but when you get a flood of them in your body it may not be good.

    As well as growing your own food (which is not practical for everyone), another good thing is to cook at home from the “raw” ingredients. For example, last week I went to the supermarket to buy some frozen pastry sheets to make a pie. I was amazed at how many additives were in plain pastry (probably 10 ingredients in total), and ended up going home and making it myself (with 4 ingredients). It took a bit longer, but I knew exactly what was in it (and it tasted nicer than the frozen stuff, and was cheaper).

  4. I can only say from experience that when i gave up foods with preservatives & additives my health improved markedly.

    I was sure that i was eating a balanced diet & that ‘they’ would not let anything harmful be put in our food.

    Sad that i had to be quite ill before i thought about reading labels.

    Now i grow all i can in raised beds, as i can no longer dig; & read all labels.

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