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Food Beware
A film by Jean-Paul Jaud

112 minutes, color, French w/ English subtitles, 2008

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For the first time ever, our children are growing up less healthy than we are. As the rate of cancer, infertility and other illnesses linked to environmental factors climbs ever upward each year, we must ask ourselves: why is this happening?

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 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 agrobusiness and public health, the challenges and rewards of safe food production, and the practical solutions that we can all take part in. Food Beware is food for thought - and a blueprint for a growing revolution.

Featuring original music by Oscar-winner Gabriel Yared.

OFFICIAL SELECTION - Berlin Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Montreal Festival of New Cinema

Watch a Scene from the Film

IN THIS SCENE: A stark contrast between organic and conventional farming of vegetables on two plots of land in the French countryside.


"Food Beware' takes a pragmatic, health-based approach thatís a refreshing change from the moral and high-cultural preening that sometimes enter this debate in America...it's hard not to be charmed." - Mike Hale, The New York Times

"Informative and entertaining! A blueprint that others might follow to bring organic, healthy and socially responsible food production and preparation to their communities."
- Jennifer Merin, About.com Guide to Documentaries

"A success story - a small French town that went organic and thrived. It lays out its pro-organic arguments forcefully...yet the tone is gentle, the music French, and the food shot so delectably that you can all but smell the freshly baked bread." - Bob Mondello, NPR

"Eye-opening...a must-see for environmentalists, educators, politicians and the public interested in preserving what's left of our environment and health."
- James van Maanen, Trust Movies

"If there is a film to see this year about the environment and our health, it is Food Beware." - Le Monde

"A powerful, important film! An inspiring and educational tale."
- La Vie Verte (A Guide to What's Green in France)

"What we found remarkable about this movie is that not only is it a warning cry but also - indeed mostly - it is a celebration of life and hope offering very simple solutions."
- World Wildlife Fund (France)

"A grassroots view of a mini-food revolution...the people Jaud talks to all ring true."
- John Anderson, Variety

"Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution' is a companion piece to films like 'Food Inc.' that detail the harm done to consumer and nature by chemical farming. But 'Food Beware' has an added dimension, going one step further to make the case that the cancer epidemic of our epoch is directly related to the chemical-laden agriculture that has been largely adopted in the pursuit of profit." - Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Recommended Reading

Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children by Ann Cooper

Bitter Harvest : A Chef's Perspective on the Hidden Danger in the Foods We Eat and What You Can Do About It by Lisa M. Holmes

Chemical-Free Kids: How to Safeguard Your Child's Diet and Environment by Alan Magaziner et. al.

The Real Food Revival by Sherri Brooks Vinton

Slow Food Nation: Why Our Food Should Be Good, Clean, And Fair by Carlo Petrini

Organic, Inc.: Natural Foods and How They Grew by Samuel Fromartz

Food Inc.: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer-And What You Can Do About It ed. Karl Weber


See details about this film's theatrical run.

Sustainability Store

Edible Manhattan

Children's Environmental Health Network

Green Schools Initiative

Action for Healthy Kids

Food & Water Watch

Slow Food USA

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