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10 Billion: What's on Your Plate?

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Informative docu on feeding a growing planet.

Movie NR 2015 107 minutes
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This is a documentary offering something rare: a strong point of view while also presenting all sides to an argument without resorting to demonizing those who hold different ideas. Indeed, Valentin Thurn -- the director, reporter, and narrator of the film -- clearly advocates a smaller-scale, community-centered approach to addressing the challenges of feeding an ever increasing human population, but is secure enough in the opinion to address downsides to the solutions he favors (organic food, for instance, is a luxury not many in the world can afford no matter where you live), and gives plenty of space to scientists, industrialists, and speculators who espouse different views.

Rather than forcing opinions as truth, the film leaves it up to the audience to come to their own conclusions based on the comprehensive facts presented, and this in no way lessens or diminishes the power of what Thurn believes. In a time when older viewers might be waxing nostalgic for the return of equal time laws to our beyond-toxic public discourse, 10 Billion: What's on Your Plate? shows we can find the answers without resorting to demonizing, name-calling, and belittling.

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