Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution Image
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  • Summary: Food Beware begins with a visit to a small village in France, where the town's mayor has decided to make the school lunch menu organic and locally grown. It then talks to a wide variety of people with differing perspectives to find common ground - children, parents, teachers, health careFood Beware begins with a visit to a small village in France, where the town's mayor has decided to make the school lunch menu organic and locally grown. It then talks to a wide variety of people with differing perspectives to find common ground - children, parents, teachers, health care workers, farmers, elected officials, scientists, researchers and the victims of illnesses themselves. Revealed in these moving and often surprising conversations are the abuses of the food industry, the competing interests of agribusiness and public health, the challenges and rewards of safe food production, and the practical, sustainable solutions that we can all take part in. Food Beware is food for thought - and a blueprint for a growing revolution. (First Run Features) Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    75
    By and large, the tone is gentle, the music French, and the food shot so delectably that you can all but smell the freshly baked bread.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    70
    Takes a pragmatic, health-based approach, buttressed by frightening statistics about cancer rates among children, that’s a refreshing change from the moral and high-cultural preening that sometimes enter this debate in America.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    60
    Will have to overcome an unfortunate title and competition from this year's other nutrition-oriented titles, though it's a natural for the crunchy crowd.
  4. Reviewed by: Gabriella Gershenson
    60
    Frightening statistics punctuate the film like death knells.
  5. 50
    Jaud isn’t telling a story so much as he’s making a case, and while his case is persuasive, it doesn’t really work as a movie. The information in Food Beware could fit just as easily--and just as effectively--into a pamphlet.
  6. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    50
    Jean-Paul Jaud's indignant doc is equally worthless for preaching the merits of organic chow via an emotionally reactive argument instead of an investigative one.
  7. 12
    If anything is frightening here, it's the scenes of the small children being indoctrinated into an organic lifestyle and being made to sing, at least three times, a song about the evils supposedly lurking in the environment around them.