A new documentary, Food Fore-Thought (an IZWA production), sets out to open our eyes to the broad scope of possibilities around the growing and production of the food we eat. It also enlightens the viewer about the need to stand up for one of our most basic human rights – the right to safe, nutritious food that heals, and harms none.
There is an increase in the number of films and talks addressing how our modernized society is tackling issues of food production. We have become increasingly disconnected from something that we will necessarily indulge in at least once a day for the rest of our lives. Perhaps it’s the lack of thinking that has stopped us from questioning the source of our ‘daily bread’ and what has gone into producing it.
Now a universal stirring has planted the seeds for an awakening of the way food was produced by many of our grandparents! Organics was not even a term that was used – food was just naturally and wholesomely grown without question. A healthy respect towards nature and the environment were instinctive.
Aren’t we being robbed of one our most basic human rights – the health and well being of our people and our environment? Take a look at the correct protective clothing that is required to grow the food – when applying pesticides, herbicides and fungicides – that is ultimately going to be put into our bodies. It becomes impossible not to notice the extreme disconnect.
What is happening in our country and how does government in general, and the Department of Agriculture in particular, view our current situation? Let us learn as much as possible and consider all the efficient alternatives for sustainable agriculture, so that ignorance does not becomes the chosen path.
Food Fore-Thought DVDs are available from the IZWA offices in Durban.