Your Diet and Our Climate

Paige Padla, Staff Writer

  “We can’t tackle climate change without changing industrial agriculture,” comments Laurie David, the producer of “An Inconvenient Truth”; a documentary that talks about severe climate change and how it is effecting us as well as how we are effecting it, has now produced a new documentary titled “Fed Up”. “Fed Up” is a film that brings up the issues in our diet and agriculture today, and although both “Fed Up” and “An Inconvenient Truth” might seem to touch on two completely different subjects they are more closely related than you think.

  Around the 1980’s is when everything changed, when the hype of “fat free” started to really catch on, thus increasing the amount of calories per serving, many of these calories coming from sugar. The problem throughout America being that we are not eating what the companies are selling. A salad at McDonalds is higher in saturated fat, calories, and price as opposed to a cheeseburger off the dollar menu. In addition to this, most the food sold at fast food industries as well as supermarkets are loaded with pesticides and overprocessed to the point where the “food”, barely holds any nutritional value. Eating an entire meal at McDonalds could still leave you malnourished. If our bodies aren’t getting what they need to survive than how is our Earth going to be able to? Most of this stuff leads back to us. Not only this, but the most recent uprising about expensive and unfair healthcare- Obamacare- leads me to believe that people don’t even realize the issue.

Bad food equals bad problems for us, things like heart disease, chronic diseases, and death. In “Fed Up”, according to New York Post editorial writer Mark Bittman, there are questions proposed with no beating around the bush, and of course facts from experts about the food we ingest daily. Teen were given cameras to track their diet, a “food diary,” non scripted and completely raw. The film also talks about the myths that people believe to achieve a good healthy lifestyle such as the “I can eat what I want as long as I exercise,” which is absolutely not true. The film even reaches out the Mothers and their struggle “between giving her child what she wants giving her what’s best”, states Bittman. Children are affected by the bad food industries as much as adults are, we are consuming what is marketed, bought, and sold to us. The film now sells in 19 different places, and is worth taking a look at seeing as the crisis affects us all.