See, Change: food investigations in film and books
Friday, August 1, 2008 | 01:25 PM ET
by Jessica Wong, CBCNews.ca
With a day-job reporting on the vast world of arts and entertainment, I'm lucky in that part of my work involves keeping tabs on upcoming projects, including movies heading our way.
A recent Toronto film festival missive highlighting documentaries included one entry that immediately piqued my interest: a U.S. movie called Food, Inc. that builds on the work of two journalist-authors, Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma).
Directed and produced by filmmaker Robert Kenner, Food, Inc. purports to shine a searing light into big business's effect on the North American diet. I'm thinking it will definitely find an audience at TIFF, with the city being so full of foodies.
In the past 10 years, books and films investigating the food industry have often sparked vigorous debate and, for some, life-altering decisions. I've had several people tell me they stopped eating from fast food outlets immediately after watching Super Size Me, for instance.
Personally, my candy and chocolate-buying habits changed completely after I read As It Happens host and CBC journalist Carol Off's Bitter Chocolate: Investigating the Dark Side of the World's Most Seductive Sweet.
Has a book, movie, blog or article ever had a major influence on your food choices?
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Amber Hildebrandt writes for CBCNews.ca in Toronto. Growing up on a farm in Manitoba, she acquired an insatiable appetite, but it was during a stint in Japan that she developed her discerning tastebuds and "foodie" ways.
Andrea Chiu is an associate producer at CBC Radio Digital. Though she loves to eat, cook and discuss food, don't ask her to bake. It never turns out well. She tweets as @TOfoodie on Twitter and organizes food and wine events in Toronto called FoodieMeet.
Tara Kimura is the consumer life reporter for CBCNews.ca, covering a wide range of issues that range from rising food costs and the growing organic movement, to new trends in the marketplace.
Andree Lau is a CBC web reporter in Calgary. Her journalism career includes seven years as a CBC-TV reporter. Her own blog called "are you gonna eat that?" chronicles her eating adventures (including sampling snake and camel hoof tendon).
Jessica Wong is a CBCNews.ca writer who loves to eat and cook, as well as discuss, read and watch programming about food, sometimes all at once.
Kevin Yarr, CBCNews.ca's writer in Prince Edward Island, wrote about food and beer for national and regional magazines before joining the CBC. He acquired a desire for new tastes on his first trip to Europe, and an appreciation of eating locally and in season when he finally settled down on P.E.I.
Elizabeth Bridge is a writer with the CBC Digital Archives in Toronto. She first ventured into the kitchen as a child to indulge a sweet tooth by baking cookies and making fudge. A student budget compelled her to be a vegetarian (for a while) and instilled in her an ongoing curiosity about food and cooking.
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