See, Change: food investigations in film and books

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?